San Bernardino County and other officials gathered in Bloomington to celebrate the opening of Phase 2 of a five-acre affordable housing project that will include a 84 affordable housing units.
According to San Bernardino County’s 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, whose district includes Bloomington, the public-private partnership project is the first capital improvement effort in the county to include a public library, housing, community center and senior center.
The partnership is between San Bernardino County and developer Related California (Related). Related has offices across California and is a fully-integrated real estate firm with 25 years of experience developing mixed-income housing and mixed-use developments.
“These homes and amenities demonstrate the value of public-private partnerships and the opportunities that present themselves when we work together to solve everyday problems,” Gonzales said.
Before the development, the Bloomington property had no sewer system and inadequate water. According to officials, Related worked with surrounding municipalities to install sewer and water lines. Further, the development will be environmentally friendly, including the use of drought-tolerant materials, and will contain open space with pathways that wind throughout.
“The miracle in this is the fact that everyone came together and identified a common need and worked toward that common goal.” Gonzales also believes the improvements have made the area more desirable for future economic development.
The first phase of the development, the Bloomington Grove affordable housing apartments and the Lillian Court senior community, was completed in 2016. It includes 106 affordable senior and family housing units in addition to a new 6,500-square-foot public library, located at 18028 Valley Boulevard in Bloomington.