First built in 1981, Woodland Creek Apartments has provided low-income residents in Calallen and surrounding communities with affordable-housing options. Two years ago, San Antonio-based Housing Community Services, Inc. (HCS) and TG 110, Inc. filed an application for the 2013 Low Income Housing Credit, which entails the demolition and reconstruction of the now aging 94-unit multifamily apartment community.

Woodland Creek, a $17.5 million affordable-housing project financed by Capital One, broke ground on Wednesday and is expected to welcome the first of its 94 families in June 2015. HCS will own and operate the apartments, preserving Section 8 status in order to continue providing affordable-housing opportunities in Northwest Corpus Christi.

“One of the goals of this project is when it is built that no one will be able to tell it apart from a Class A Market property,” said Raymond Lucas, an independent asset manager with HCS.

The upgraded housing complex, constructed by the NRP Group, will be rebuilt to current building codes with upgraded modern amenities. The property will consist of 7 buildings, 5 of them residential and an office/business center and maintenance building. Features include a swimming pool, two playgrounds, covered pavilion, security fencing, washer/dryer connections, all major kitchen energy star appliances and energy efficient central heating and air.

“Northwest Corpus Christi is also experiencing rapid growth,” said Councilman Rudy Garza. “An upgraded affordable-housing community is a positive development for this area and the City of Corpus Christi is eager to get this project under construction and built for residents in this region.”

Located at Leopard Street and Woodland Creek Drive, the project is expected to be completed by August 2015.