RIPLEY – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors earlier this week approved a $352,000 contract to begin renovation work at 10 apartment homes in the Blythe area community of Ripley.
The apartments that will be renovated are among the 77 apartments at the Desert Rose Apartments, which is owned and operated by the Riverside County Housing and Workforce Solutions Department to provide affordable housing. The apartments were originally built as farmworker housing in 1986, and some of the apartments have been in need of upgrades so they can be rented out again.
The renovation project will remove and replace old fixtures and damaged and non-working appliances, and repaint the entire apartments. The work will be handled by Mantle Construction, Inc.
Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez praised the upcoming project as an improvement for housing in Ripley, and an investment in the Blythe area.
“This is a little bit of love for the community of Ripley,” stated Supervisor Perez at the meeting. “I appreciate the fact that we’re going to now renovate a few of those apartments for folks who actually live there and potentially for folks who will move there… Clearly, at the end of the day, this is going to be helpful moving forward with housing and the aesthetics of the area.”
At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Mike Walsh, deputy director of the Riverside County Housing and Workforce Solutions Department shared that a solar installation project is currently underway at Desert Rose Apartments, which will offset 89 percent of the total annual energy consumption at the property. In recent years, the county has hired an on-site manager to manage the property and has spent more than $200,000 in additional capital improvements to bring additional units online.
The funding for the renovation work is through Community Development Block Grant funds.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.