Construction site of the Sunset Terrace Apartments on Foster Ave. in Arcata. Photo by Surya Gopalan.

Future housing developments for students in Arcata

Translate

As the busy students of Humboldt State University get back into the swing of things, some students are in the unfortunate situation of being homeless.

While many think no actions have been taken, it is easy to notice the many construction projects that have popped up around town.

The one closest to campus is located on Foster Avenue. These buildings are beginning to catch attention.

According to Alyson Hunter, City of Arcata’s senior planner, this construction is part of a project known as the Sunset Terrace Apartments.

“The city had known the developer’s plans for the site long before construction started,” Hunter said.

Construction began in 2014 in several phases. The property developer, Kramer Investment Corp., posts pictures of the construction process on their website.

It is going to be a 142-unit apartment complex consisting of solely one bedroom and one bathroom units.

While Alex Hunt of Kramer Investment Corp. was unable to release more information, he said that the first phase was nearing completion.

“We’ll have to coordinate with PG&E to finish the first phase,” Hunt said.

At this point, rent prices are unknown, but residents of other properties managed by Kramer Investment Corp. say similar units go for around $700 per month.

Recent HSU graduate Nathaniel Matteson had been homeless for three months last semester.

“I was looking really hard and I could not find anything,” Matteson said. “It would have been really nice to have something like this as an option.”

Future students of HSU may not have to worry about housing as much as students are today, as this project is not the only one in the area. On Feb. 13, a city council meeting will be held to discuss further steps on what is known as The Village Student Housing Project.

According to City of Arcata’s website, it is proposed to house 800 beds specifically for students. It will be a multi-story complex at the end of I Street and St. Louis Road, which is across the freeway from campus.

These projects could make housing a smaller problem than it is among the students at HSU. As for now, the eventual completion and opening of the Sunset Terrace Apartments will decide whether homeless students will have some relief of trying to find a place to live.

 

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on reddit

More Stories

Photo by Abraham Navarro | Cowboy Daddy's Drummer and Keyboard player Conner West, 25, and guitarist Skye Freitas, 24, jam out at the Gutswurrak Student Activity Center on April 28.

Local bands rock the Gutswurrak

by Ione Dellos Band members wait in front of the bathrooms, eyes anxiously fluttering from the stage to the growing audience in the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center. After the deepest sigh one could possibly take, they make their way to

Travis Allen pole vaults at the Green and Gold Track Event on Feb. 12 Photo by Morgan Hancock.

Athlete’s outperform at decathlon

by Carlos Pedraza The Cal Poly Humboldt Track and Field team participated in the Stanislaus State Multi-Event from Thursday April 7 to Saturday April 9. The team participated in over 10 different events, all of which were multi-day involving different

Photo by Morgan Hancock | Izzy Star hits a home run in final softball game of the season at the Bear River Recreation Center in Loleta, California on Saturday, April 30.

Cal Poly Humboldt plays its last softball game of the series

by Eddie Carpenter On April 30, Cal Poly Humboldt Softball played the last two games of their series against Cal State San Marcos. Due to weather conditions, the softball games had to be relocated to the Bear River Recreation Center

3 Comments

  1. Samala Ray Samala Ray Monday, February 5, 2018

    Awesome. They look really good so far.

  2. Taylor Taylor Monday, February 5, 2018

    Maybe this will inspire some of the other landlords and property managers to keep their rentals well maintained. Not only is homelessness a huge problem, but so is some of the conditions of the homes we as students are forced to pay a fortune for are in. Half the rentals in Arcata are falling apart and full of black mold, and they still charge you premium monthly rents. Let’s see how they compete with these brand new, up to date places.

  3. Dwight Dwight Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Do they really consider $700 to be “affordable student housing”? There are several projects all being planned at once. How many of these have coordination with HSU itself, and not just in developers interests? How much control will HSU / CSU have over these new developments that are proclaimed in the name of “student housing”? When observing plans for at least one of the planned site developments there is nothing attractive for upper division, graduate or family housing (those students married and/or with children). It would appear proposals tend most to favor developers and real estate investors/managers, but not necessarily students, the community or the best interests of HSU. — “Homeless students”? Without a solid plan that coordinates with the campus (Admin, Student Affairs, Student Government, etc.) that includes affordability, diversity (mentioned above), and sustainable retention that is campus related, there will continue to be homeless students.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: