Officials this week broke ground on a new affordable housing development that will feature 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The Catalina Development — funded by the city’s Redevelopment Agency — will the first all-new residential project for the nonprofit Burbank Housing Corp., which will end up owning and operating the venture.
The nonprofit typically rehabs existing buildings to use for low-income housing, but the Catalina property was “so substandard and severely blighted,” executive director Judith Arandes said, that nothing could be salvaged.
“We should be finished by Jan. 2013,” said Judith Arandes, executive director of Burbank Housing Corp.
“We can use the space more efficiently with the new design,” she said. “We’re able to maximize space for more units and more amenities, such as parking.”
The demolition kicked off the work, which will see the buildings totally razed before construction on the project begins, possibly as soon as December, Arandes said.