On Monday, December 13, the Grover Beach City Council approved the development application and agreement for a 53-unit affordable housing project at 164 South 13th Street and 1206 West Grand Avenue. Local nonprofits People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) and the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) were previously selected by the Council to serve jointly as the developers on this affordable housing project in Grover Beach. The project is in line with the City’s Housing Element and Major City Goals and will be the largest affordable housing project in the city’s history.
“This landmark project achieves many goals for our community including providing much-needed affordable housing and supporting our local businesses on West Grand Avenue,” said Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee. “Our City Council is proud to support this project to make quality housing accessible to those who currently, or would like to, call Grover Beach home.”
Commonly known as the “Cleaver Property,” the land at 164 South 13th Street was deeded to the City in 1990 by the Cleaver family. The City worked with the family trust to dedicate the site for affordable housing in order to best meet the needs of the Grover Beach community. PSSH and HASLO acquired the adjacent lot at 1206 West Grand Avenue in 2021, expanding the total project grounds to 1.55 acres and increasing the number of affordable units that can be built there.
The project will consist of two three-story buildings with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units, connected by a pedestrian bridge on the second and third floors. Reflecting a modern architectural design, the building features outdoor spaces, metal accents and varied surfaces in a similar style to other new multi-family developments in Grover Beach. Vehicle access will be available from both West Grand Avenue and South 13th Street. Amenities will include vehicle and bicycle parking, onsite laundry, outdoor barbecues, a sports court, a community garden and a multipurpose room.
As part of the development process, a coast live oak tree at the site was assessed by an arborist and determined to be a health and safety liability due to its condition. Retaining the tree was therefore found not to be feasible. To mitigate this loss, the developers will plant 52 new trees on the site and provide funds for the City to plant 10 new trees along West Grand Avenue.
“We are excited to see this development come to fruition as an important addition to our West Grand Avenue corridor and Grover Beach in general,” said City Manager Matthew Bronson. “This development represents an opportunity for new community members to be part of our vibrant city and demonstrates our commitment to supporting diverse housing options.”