New Affordable Apartment Homes to be Dedicated Wednesday

News Release


Oct 16

New Affordable Apartment Homes to be Dedicated Wednesday

THOUSAND PALMS – Legacy, an 81-unit affordable apartment community in Thousand Palms, will celebrate its official grand opening at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 72-490 El Centro Way. The community was developed by Palm Communities with significant financial support from the county.

“Families on a limited income have a new affordable place to live as they pursue work and education opportunities in the Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With nice amenities, sustainable design, spectacular mountain views and close proximity to Interstate 10 and the Thousand Palms library and community park, Legacy is a beautiful example of affordable housing done well.”

Legacy serves families with incomes between 30 to 60 percent of area median income. There are 14 one-bedroom apartments, 34 two-bedroom apartments and 32 three-bedroom apartments, with an additional three-bedroom unit for an on-site manager, in 11 two-story buildings.

Residents enjoy gated entry and security cameras, a swimming pool and kiddie pool, a tot lot playground, picnic areas, covered parking and mountain views. An on-site community center includes a kitchen, fitness center, computer lab, multipurpose room and classroom for afterschool programs. The Art Samson Community Library and the Thousand Palms Community Park are within short walking distance from the community.

Legacy is named in honor of the late Supervisor Roy Wilson, who supported the project and helped facilitate the project through the county.

“Supervisor Roy Wilson’s vision and tireless dedication initiated and made this development possible,” said Dan Horn, President and CEO of Palm Communities. “I was able to share in Roy’s vision because my father, Dana Horn, instilled in me the same intense desire to provide safe and decent affordable housing for those most in need.”

The former Redevelopment Agency for the County of Riverside contributed $7.3 million toward the $24.4 million total project cost. Approximately $1.6 million came from the Mental Health Services Act. The Riverside County Department of Mental Health’s Homeless/Housing, Opportunities Partnership and Education Program will serve clients in 15 units of supportive housing.

The project began construction in March 2011 and was completed and fully leased by May 31, 2012. The project’s environmental design incorporated energy and water saving systems and non-toxic building materials. Architectural features include stone veneers, tile roofs, varied stucco finishes, articulated entries and architectural projections.

Tours and refreshments will be available after the ceremony. To RSVP, please email

73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Phone: 760-863-8211 • Fax: 760-863-8905