New housing springs up in Mountain View

As summer draws to a close, several Mountain View streets look much different than they did six months ago.

Construction crews are making steady progress on 44 units of new housing, part of Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Mountain View Village 5 development. It includes duplexes, multiplexes and single-family homes on various lots throughout the neighborhood. A large stretch of Richmond Drive next to the old Brewster’s and a formerly vacant property across the street from Lyons Park are now home to nearly a dozen new buildings.

While construction on many of those new homes is set to wrap up later this year, developers are still working to break ground on a planned 70-unit complex on Mountain View Drive.

“We’re racing Mother Nature,” said Sezy Gerow-Hanson, CIHA’s director of public and resident relations, at a Mountain View Community Council meeting Sept. 8.

The housing authority is developing Ridgeline Terrace in partnership with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and two private companies. An official groundbreaking is scheduled to take place Sept. 25. Gerow-Hanson said the project obtained fill and grade permits Monday, and expects to receive final permits by the end of this week.

She said they aim to complete utility work this fall.

“We’re really pushing it,” Gerow-Hanson said.

When complete, she said Ridgeline Terrace will include 50 units for families and 20 for elderly Alaskans. Seven of the units will be offered at market rates, according to AHFC housing operations director Mike Courtney. The planned complex, adjacent to Glenn Square Shopping Center, will also include a childcare facility and multipurpose community hall.  If all goes according to plan, developers say work on the project will wrap up by December 2015.

Meanwhile, the first of the Mountain View Village 5 homes will welcome new residents within the next few months. Gerow-Hanson said the housing authority will begin accepting rental applications around the end of September.

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