Benoit Celebrates Grand Opening of Desert Meadows Apartments
INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit celebrated the grand opening of Desert Meadows, an 80-unit affordable apartment community developed by National Community Renaissance in partnership with the county that has revitalized the corner of Fred Waring Drive and Clinton Street in Indio.
“This modern, well designed apartment community is one that families will be proud to live in for years to come,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Desert Meadows is a vast improvement over the blighted site it replaced and is an excellent example of the partnerships that we develop to revitalize the community and address the housing needs of Coachella Valley residents.”
Desert Meadows is located at 44-071 Clinton St. in Indio.
Developed and owned by National Community Renaissance, Desert Meadows serves families with incomes between 25 to 50 percent of area median income. There are 50 two-bedroom apartments and 30 three-bedroom apartments, with rents ranging from $279 to $535.
Residents enjoy gated entry, a swimming pool, exercise room, computer room, tot lot area and playground and covered parking. An on-site community center will provide onsite preschool for 3-to-5-year-old children and afterschool programming to students in grades K-8.
In 2007, Riverside County acquired the Date Palm Mobile Home Park which fell into neglect and had many complaints. The county compensated families for their mobile homes and permanently relocated the residents. Utilizing redevelopment, the county removed all the structures and National Community Renaissance began construction in October 2011. Originally part of unincorporated Riverside County, the county island was annexed into the city of Indio prior to the completion of construction in January.
The development utilizes rooftop solar panels to generate power for common areas of the apartments. Desert Meadows has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification and may receive the gold rating for its environmental design, which incorporates open space, natural light and desert landscaping.
The former Redevelopment Agency for the County of Riverside provided a $7.9 million loan toward the $24.07 million total project cost. Other funding sources were $9.27 million in low-income housing tax credits, $6.11 million from the state’s Multifamily Housing Program and $790,000 from federal Affordable Housing Program funds.