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400 possible new homes on agenda

Some of the new proposed houses to be offered to military veterans

Posted: March 24, 2013 10:20 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2013 10:20 p.m.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council will decide Tuesday whether to move ahead with a pair of development projects that would add more than 400 new homes in the center of the city.

The first project, known as Villa Metro, entails the construction of about 315 homes, 22 live-work lofts and an 8,000-square-foot commercial center on the north side of Soledad Canyon Road across from the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station.

The petitioner for the project, The New Home Company, purchased the 31-acre site for Villa Metro from Newhall Land Development Inc. last year.

The Santa Clarita Planning Commission approved tentative plans for the development last summer.

The City Council will also convene a public hearing on another development, known as “Habitat for Heroes,” during Tuesday’s meeting.

As proposed, the Habitat for Heroes development would include 87 residential units to be offered to United States military veterans and their families.

Donna Deutchman, the chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, previously told The Signal the units would be offered to low-income individuals.

The proposed 22.8-acre site for the project is near the intersection of Centre Pointe Parkway and Golden Triangle Road north of Bowman High School.

The city Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the Habitat for Heroes development in February. But commissioners required soil testing on the property to check if there is any contamination from the adjacent Whittaker-Bermite property — a nearly 1,000-acre chunk of polluted land that used to house a munitions plant.

Soil samples returned to the city on March 14 showed there is no such contamination, according to council documents.


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