Dirt was turned last week in Bloomington marking the official start of construction for the county’s first multi-use affordable housing development.
The April 8 ceremony in a lot along Valley Boulevard in the unincorporated area will be transformed into a five-acre site that will include a new public library and a three-story residential building with 106 affordable housing units for qualifying families.
“It is the flagship of opportunity for Bloomington,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales during the groundbreaking ceremony.
The new 6,712-square-foot Bloomington Branch Library will be on the ground floor of a three-story, 70-unit residential building named Lillian Court that will serve the needs of seniors; and 36 townhome units, known as Bloomington Grove, will be built behind the library to serve the needs of families.
“The library will increase accessibility to modern learning technology tools to our unincorporated population and surrounding areas,” Gonzales said.
Residents from neighboring cities including Rialto and Fontana residents will also benefit from the new library, she said, encouraging and welcoming them once doors open.
The first phase of the project comes at a $34 million, all from private and public investment, according to the office of the supervisor.
It includes one mile of sewer and water line improvements that enable sewer accessibility to properties on the North and South side of Valley Blvd. and streetscape improvements in the form of medians that complement the county’s long-term investment plan for the unincorporated area, according to a news release.
Officials said the development is the first county project that combines a library, housing, and infrastructure improvements as part of an overall neighborhood revitalization effort.