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New building in Willits to provide much-needed affordable housing

Willits Town Center

Construction is beginning on much-needed affordable housing in the midvalley. A development called Seven North broke ground in Willits last week.

The new three story building will house commercial businesses on the ground level and residential units on the second and third floors. All fifty apartments will be deed restricted rentals. Tim Belinski with Willits Town Center says the units will be a mix of studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments.

"A two-bedroom one-bath unit with an underground parking garage space plus some storage will be priced at about $1400/month plus utilities," Belinski says.

He estimates that’s about $1000 less than a comparable apartment on the free market. The building is scheduled to be complete in December of 2016. It's across the street from a new hotel in Willits. An analysis earlier this year recommended adding 200 affordable units in Basalt over the next five years.