Affordable housing developer Bob Buente said his firm is guided by an important principal: “We don’t build ugly.” That’s what he is committed to as his firm, 1010 Development Corp., seeks to build 30 affordable apartments on a nearly block-long site that is now home to the Eagle Rock Church of the Nazarene. 1010 Development is in escrow to buy the church property, which owns an L-shaped parcel that stretches along Eagle Rock Boulevard from Fair Park Avenue to Yosemite Drive. However, the landlord of a Hubert Barber Shop, a longtime business located about mid block on Eagle Rock Boulevard, has so far not agreed to sell the freestanding storefront. Buente said he is willing to offer the barber shop space in the new building but he is prepared to build around Hubert’s in case an agreement can’t be reached.
The project would consist primarily of two and three-bedroom apartments in addition to about 2,000-square feet of community space along Yosemite Drive and about 7,500-square-feet of space along Eagle Rock Boulevard that could be used for commercial purposes, Buente said. “It’s not a visually attractive sight right now,” said Buente, whose faith-based firm was founded by the United Methodist Church. “It will have a sense of place.”
Buente said current zoning appears to allow the construction of 30 housing units on the property but his firm is still awaiting final word from the city. If permits and financing are approved, construction would not begin until the end of 2013, he said. He said it’s not clear where the church would relocate its congregation.
Earlier this year 1010 Development met with the board of The Eagle Rock Association to discuss the project. TERA’s board endorsed the project “with the caveat that our support is based on the assumption that the project will proceed, consistent with the scale, scope, size and design.”