The developer of a supportive housing project proposed for Chatsworth presented a modified version of the development, designed to house unsheltered residents on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
About 250 people packed into a room at the Freedom Center to hear the developer’s plans for the Topanga Apartments project — proposed for a former car lot at 10243 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
“In response to the community’s feedback,” San Diego-based developer Affirmed Housing Group presented plans for a five-story home, smaller than the original six-story project. In the presentation at the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, representatives said they reduced the number of units from 64 studio apartments to 54 — with one additional manager’s unit.
The complex will offer five parking spaces at the back of the site, a roof-top terrace and a “less traditional architectural design.”
Nonetheless, the project drew criticism from many neighbors who said the project would be is too close to an elementary school, could worsen the area traffic and may attract more homeless people to the area than it could handle.
“If anything happens to our children, it’s falling on you,” one resident said. “Chatsworth is going to fight this project.”
But the project also generated support among activists and community members who called it crucial to the community where hundreds of people sleep on the streets every night.
A group of about 70 activists and residents held a vigil at Freedom Center ahead of the meeting to honor two homeless women who died in Chatsworth last month.
Trini Romero said he attended the meeting to learn about the project — where he hoped he would live one day.
“They say, they will allow all these people who want to party and get high,” he said. “But a lot of people here are on Social Security and are disabled. They are the ones who need a home. They are not criminals and they are not drug addicts.”