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Oak Park Earns 2019 Beautification of the Year

By Nicholas Mattson | Jan 23, 2020

Paso Robles Housing Authority garners the prestigious Chamber of Commerce award for the north-Paso transformation

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce granted the Beautification of the Year 2019 Award to the Paso Robles Housing Authority for the transformation of the Oak Park Community that has been ten years in the making.

The Oak Park Community project has been a collaborative effort, led by PRHA Executive Director David Cooke. 

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“It has been a big collaborative effort,” Cooke said. “What it comes down to is that it takes a lot of people, time and money to put these things together, and it is just great to see it all happen, and finally become a reality.”

Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin said, “The transformation of the Oak Park areas is one of the more dramatic transformations in Paso Robles. It’s a tremendous improvement, no doubt about it.”

The Oak Park Community project is a large complex that was originally built in 1942 for military families from Camp Roberts during World War II. The original complex featured 148 units but now includes over 300 affordable housing units for qualified families. The renovation project, sponsored by private and public investors, has been broken into four phases. The final stage is set to be completed this Spring. Families are occupying the finished apartments and there is a waitlist for future available units.

“This project was years in the making and took a village to create and finish,” City Manager of Paso Robles Tom Frutchey said. “Much thought and care went into the design on behalf of its residents, and we look forward to seeing the next phase completed later this year.”

The Oak Park complex is located at the north end of Paso Robles, between 28th Street to 34th Street, on 25 acres of land. Solar panels shade the parking lot and there is a network of walkways connecting the property. The renovated complex now includes many community-based features and recreational activities, including a basketball court, community garden, computer lab, multiple playgrounds, and a sizeable soccer-sized field. They also provide a community center that has a meeting room and a kitchen. The Paso Robles Housing Authority also offers youth programs for leadership and career development through their nonprofit, YouthWorks.

“This project gives a lot of hope for future projects, and it also shows what can be done with perseverance and cooperation among agencies and should be replicated in other areas.”

Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin

“We are happy to provide affordable housing for families who otherwise couldn’t afford market-rate units,” Cook said. “In the end, we are happy to have children move into brand new places and grow opportunities through having good housing conditions.” 

He explained further that affordable housing enables tenants to save funds, minimize debt and live a better quality of life.

The buildings and multifamily homes are painted in rich earth-tone colors and the property is lined with oak trees and drought-tolerant native landscaping. The energy-efficient family-style apartments come standard with amenities, including central air, washer and dryer hookups, and a dishwasher. Residents are conveniently located near grocery stores, public transportation, schools, and parks.

As the project nears completion, Cooke and his team are eager to dive into more work for their community.

“For us, we think it’s just a good opportunity to move forward and produce additional housing projects that are much needed throughout North County of San Luis Obispo,” Cooke said.

Mayor Steve Martin shares this optimism for future renovations. He concludes, “This project gives a lot of hope for future projects, and it also shows what can be done with perseverance and cooperation among agencies and should be replicated in other areas.”

For more information about the Oak Park Community Apartments and the Paso Robles Housing Authority, visit pasoroblesha.org or www.liveoakpark3.com.

There will be a celebration for the awardees and other honorees during the Annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Rava Wines, 6789 Creston Road, Paso Robles. Visit pasorobleschamber.com or call 805-238-0506 for ticket information and additional details.

Oak Park 4 New Affordable Housing Units Now Completed

September 22nd, 2020

New affordable housing units now completed and leased in Paso Robles

Oak Park 4: Paso Robles Housing Authority’s latest redevelopment project is now complete

PASO ROBLES, Calif. — The Oak Park Community Redevelopment now has 301 new affordable housing units  completed in Paso Robles, California. Oak Park 4, the final phase of Paso Robles Housing Authority’s redevelopment program, includes rent-restricted units for families with incomes ranging from 30 percent to 60 percent of the San Luis Obispo County area median income.

“Oak Park 4 adds seventy-five  new affordable apartments  in addition to the other three community development projects that have been implemented by the Paso Robles Housing Authority and their partnerss,” says Executive Director David Cooke. “This four-phase project plan has resulted in quality, affordable housing for hundreds of families in Paso Robles.”

The Paso Robles Housing Authority began planning the Oak Park Community Redevelopment project with the City of Paso Robles in 2010, with the fourth and final phase being completed in May of 2020. The Oak Park project recently received the 2019 Beautification of the Year Award by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.

Oak Park 4 sits on approximately 3.98 acres consisting of 21 one-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom units. Square footages range from approximately 679 sq. ft. to 1,338 sq. ft. The target population primarily consists of residents from the City of Paso Robles and north San Luis Obispo County. Within each unit, residents will directly benefit from standard features including: Energy Star® rated refrigerators dishwashers and hot water heaters, low flow toilets, heating and A/C, solar power, exhaust fans, sink disposals, ranges with ovens as well as generous counter, cabinet and storage space throughout the unit as well as washer dryer hookups. The project will also share a 4,172 square foot resident center with Oak Park 3 along with recreational open space with sports courts, barbeque/ picnic areas, tot lot and open play space for residents. Go to pasoroblesha.org for leasing information  

COVID-19 Update

Covid-19 Statement – Updated 09/22/2020

The State and central coast counties have issued a Shelter-In-Place Order (Order) to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that Paso Robles Housing Authority offices are closed to the public.  

The safety of our employees and their families, our residents, and community is very important to us.  It is critical that we work together to prevent the spread of this virus.

The Order states that “Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open.”  As a housing provider of affordable housing and property management company, Paso Robles Housing Authority is considered an Essential Business.  As a result, we have put the following measures in place:

Office Operations

The corporate office and property offices are closed to the public.  The notice at our property office, corporate office and website (pasoroblesha.org) has the name of the person and phone number to call.

Corporate, Community Services, Resident Managers and Maintenance Employees

Some of our employees are on a reduced work week schedule. There are essential office employees that work out of the corporate office. Social distancing of at least 6 feet has been implemented at all PRHA properties and corporate office.  Common areas will be wiped down at regular scheduled basis.

Rental Property Operations (Resident Managers & Maintenance Technicians)

Annual unit inspections and recertification’s have been postponed for now.

Maintenance Technicians will only respond to essential issues such as leaking faucets, water heater issues, furnace issues, etc.  Maintenance Technicians have been issued masks and gloves and have been instructed to use them prior to entering into and any resident unit to do their work.

All Oak Park playgrounds are open subject to social distancing to the residents.  The laundry facilities will remain open. The laundry facilities and common areas will be cleaned and wiped down on a regular basis including our senior rental property.

Residents will be asked to drop off their rent in rent boxes that are available at the PRHA office or pay their rent on-line. Instructions on how to setup on-line rent payments will be provided to each resident.

PRHA currently has fairly large waiting list. Property management company will continue to process people on our waiting list so that we can any vacancies in the future. 

Resident Centers/Community Services

All activities in the Resident Centers have been postponed until such time it is safe to reopen.  Service Providers at our senior properties will continue to work by having regular communication with our residents.  Phone calls will be made on a regular basis to find out how the resident is doing.  Our Food Bank program at the Oak Park 2 Community room will continue food deliveries every 2nd and 4th day of the month. 

Thank you and be safe.

David A. Cooke, Executive Director