County Officials Tour Canyon Walk Apartments Where Half The Units Are Already Reserved

Los Alamos County Council Chair Randall Ryti, right, chats with Timothy Donhauser, Development Project Manager for Qualcon Builders, LLC, the constructors of the Canyon Walk Apartments on DP Road during Friday’s tour. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The view Friday from the front parking lot of the Canyon Walk Apartments on DP Road. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Robinson, left, and Deputy County Manager Anne Laurent check out the appliances in one of the Canyon Walk apartments. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Some of the balconies on the back of the buildings overlooking Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Housing Program Manager Margaret Ambrosino, far left, addresses County officials and local media Friday after their tour of two of the Canyon Walk Apartments. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The view from the Canyon Walk Apartments towards the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus, left, and County Manager Steven Lynne during Friday’s tour at Canyon Walk Apartments. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

BY MAIRE O’NEILL
maire@losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Councilors Randall Ryti, James Robinson, David Izraelevitz, David Reagor as well as County officials and local media toured apartments at Canyon Walk, a $15.8 million affordable family-focused housing apartment project on DP Road Friday morning. The tour was led by Margaret Ambrosino, the County’s Housing Program Manager.

Robin Jacobi of Kay-Kay Realty Corporation, the property management for the apartments, told the group that applications and deposits are being accepted and that some 50 percent of the apartments have been reserved at this time.

The project consists of 70 units with 10 one-bedroom/one-bathroom apartments, 40 two bedroom/two bathroom apartments, and 20 three-bedroom/two bathroom apartments.  The site is 4.2 acres and the project has seven buildings, a clubhouse, 134 parking spaces, a playground and a picnic ramada. The building contractor is Qualcon Builders, LLC of Dublin, Ohio.

All of the apartments are income-restricted as required by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Low-Income Housing Program.  Ambrosino said what MFA really liked about the site was the location, the proposed urban design and of course the fact that the County is donating the land and making a cash contribution of some $500,000 towards the offsite infrastructure. With housing costs high in the state, projects such as Canyon Walk are beneficial for those finding it hard to make a downpayment on a home.

Among its amenities, the Canyon Walk site will have age-specific playground equipment and a half-court basketball facility. There will also be a clubhouse computer room with Wi-Fi for education and resident use. Health and nutrition education as well as resident enrichment services will be provided. Laundry closets have full size washer and dryer hook-ups that are in addition to laundry rooms in each building.

Bethel Development has contracted with Rainbow Housing Corporation to provide family support services at the site including case management, support groups, vocational training, life skills, and other services with the goal of helping residents live in quality, safe, affordable housing and live enjoyable and productive lives.

The apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy somewhere around the end of the year.

Drawing for three-bedroom apartment. Courtesy image

Drawing for two-bedroom apartment. Courtesy image

Drawing of one-bedroom apartment. Courtesy image