Fullerton’s latest housing tract holds out promise to moderate-income buyers: the homes will be affordable and “green.” heritagewalkgoc

The city and The Olson Company broke ground  on the 2 1/2-acre site of the development, called Heritage Walk. Some of the planned 34 homes should be completed and sold within the year.

“It’s becoming important for everyone to focus on the environment,” said Kimberly Prijatel, vice president of development at the Seal Beach-based Olson Company. “So we’ve just started incorporating that into the plans for our designs.”

The three- and four-bedroom houses will sell in the “mid to high 200,000s,” said Prijatel; prospective buyers can make no more than 120 percent of Orange County’s median income to qualify.

For a family of four, that would mean a maximum income of $103,000, she said.

The homes will be loaded with green features: Energy Star-rated appliances, drought-tolerant landscaping, tankless water heaters, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and reduced turf.

groundbreakfulltnThose should gain the entire community a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Prijatel said.

The land was acquired by the city over years, complete with relocation of former residents.

Prijatel says her company has been focusing on building housing projects that meet LEED standards for about two years, including the “Depot Walk” project in Orange.

She expects the Fullerton project to be finished by the end of 2011.

source: Pat Brennan of the OC Register