New units on the way

By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

More low-income housing units are coming to downtown Clovis thanks to a project more than a year in the making.

The project, located off Connelly Street between Grand Avenue and Second Street, will provide 60 affordable rental units and will be a mix of new and rehabilitated buildings.

Project architect Vahid Mojarrab, with WAMO Design in Santa Fe, said the complex, dubbed Andalusia, will encompass about two-and-a-half acres of land.

Mojarrab said five existing buildings will be renovated and will serve as a community building as well as hold 15 of the 60 units. Five new buildings will be erected for the remaining 45 housing units.

Construction is expected to begin in the next two to three months, Mojarrab said, and will likely take 14 months to complete.

The project was developed by Steven Crozier with Tierra Realty Trust of Santa Fe, which has developed two housing projects in the city in addition to the Hotel Clovis Lofts. It will be subsidized by tax credits from the Mortgage Finance Authority.

Andalusia is slated to be the first Passive House Certified project in the United States. A passive house requires about 85 percent less energy for heating and cooling as a structure built to standard specifications.

“It’s a German standard for achieving high energy efficiency,” Mojarrab said. “All these buildings will be 100 percent electrical with no use of fossil fuel or gas.”

The units will be studio apartments, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and will include high-performance doors and windows to achieve high energy efficiency and low energy consumption.

Units will range in size from 500 to 1,100 square feet and the cost average will be approximately $450 to $750 per month.

Clovis Realtor and project agent Gayla Brumfield said the housing units are considered affordable workforce housing, which will require tenants to have a job or other source of income, and go through background and credit checks.

Brumfield believes the success of the Hotel Clovis Lofts will lend itself to the success of the units at Andalusia.

“Right now the hotel has been full and continues to remain at full capacity since they have been finished,” she said.

The project will fill a niche market for affordable housing units and are necessary in the Clovis area, according to Brumfield and Mojarrab.

“It’s going to be quite a nice addition,” Brumfield said.