- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai County is preparing a new affordable housing development for senior citizens, with the first phase set for completion in March.

Rice Camp Senior Apartments has 60 units on two parcels behind the Lihue fire station. The complex has one two-story building and six single-story buildings.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. said he’s pleased affordable housing units near senior services will soon be available to Kauai’s kupuna or elders.

“Providing affordable housing for our residents is a top priority for us,” Carvalho said.

One bedroom apartments will rent for $766 a month. Two-bedroom units will cost $921 a month. Utility costs are included.

Applicants must have annual income of no more than $38,160 for a single person and $43,620 for two people.

The project’s management company, EAH Housing, is now accepting applications. The project partners include the Vitus Group and Kauai County.

The Garden Island (https://is.gd/ObHyn5 ) reports the project property was purchased by the county for $2.3 million in 2012 to address affordable senior housing needs. It was purchased from San Mateo, California-based Westridge Properties.

To win federal and state low-income housing tax credits from Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp., the county leveraged the land and $1.25 million of HUD HOME funds. The credits resulted in investment totaling about $15 million from private entities that was used to pay for phase 1 development.

Planned amenities for the complex include water-saving fixtures, ceiling fans, accessible walkways, community garden plots and EnergyStar appliances. It also will include a center for community and social functions.

“We are extremely excited and thankful for all the partners and support for this project, from the county, state and federal agencies and legislators to the private developer, contractors and lenders that will make Rice Camp available to Kauai’s seniors this March,” said Kauai County housing director Kamuela Cobb-Adams.

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