Opening of the Raspado store, creation of a caisse populaire in progress »Holtville Tribune
HOLTVILLE – Cuchi’s Holtville Raspados has opened its new location right across from Holt Park, a prime location for anyone selling goodies, according to an update on construction projects around the city.
The new 1,294 square foot raspado store located at 574 Holt Ave. was open on Tuesday, September 7, with vehicles parked out front, but there were no posted times and management could not be reached for comment.
Sun Community Construction
The gray walls of the new Sun Community Federal Credit Union branch loom in the midday sun as Castillo Construction workers build the new location at the corner of Fifth Street and Holt Avenue.
“The Sun Community Bank building on Fifth and Holt is moving forward and taking shape. Staff continue to work with SCFCU, their design team and the construction contractor (Castillo Construction) on finishing details as completion nears, which is expected in the coming months, ”the city manager wrote. from Holtville, Nick Wells, Sept. 7 in an email about construction projects around town.
The city’s planning commission approved the office design review request on October 5, 2020, detailing plans for the new credit union that will be a one-story, 1,609 square foot building. It is planned to have an ATM, 10 parking spaces and a retention basin.
The Holtville branch of the Credit Union, which is currently located at 439 E. Fifth St, is always open during normal business hours.
Fern Crossing opens its doors
Down the street, the Fern Crossing apartment complex, between Holt and Fern avenues, has started moving in residents, according to Wells.
“The Fern Crossing Apartments on Fourth Street between Holt and Fern are almost complete and residents have moved into the complex,” he wrote.
The three-story complex has 44 units and was initially approved by the city in mid-2018. It has 1,618 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, but sparked controversy when its developer received state grants to convert the development of mixed-use spaces into housing for farm laborers so that they can offset construction costs. This did not suit city officials, who wanted apartments to be market-priced to help with the housing shortage in Holtville, according to earlier reports.
“A municipal project to add a sidewalk on the east side of Cedar Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets will begin soon. The contractor is currently doing preliminary work, ”Wells said.
This sidewalk project was awarded to Rove Engineering Inc. on July 12, after being the lowest bidder at $ 298,832, ahead of LC Paving & Sealing Inc. and Universal Construction and Engineering.
The city received $ 193,000 from the state’s congestion and air quality alleviation program and $ 60,000 from the state-local partnership program to help alleviate the cost of the improvement for the city. city.
In order to be eligible for the funds, the city was required to contribute $ 85,000 in matching funds, which will come from the city’s Measure D / Local Transportation Authority account, which redirects local retail sales tax to be used for building projects. transport, like the new sidewalk.
The project will improve the east side of Cedar Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets by constructing a new curb, gutter and sidewalk. While the west side of the street has a sidewalk, the east side does not.