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Developers seek expansion approval

The Associated Press

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Developers of a proposed apartment complex for low-income elderly people are expected to ask El Dorado county supervisors Monday for lower county fees.

The nonprofit Eskaton Corp. wants to expand its 55-unit complex to 100 units. The company budgeted $250,000 for the fees but has been stuck with a $750,000 bill for hookups and traffic mitigation measures.

Unless the county reduces the fees, the company could be forced to give back $3.5 million in federal money earmarked for the project, said Ray Gee, Eskaton’s executive director.

County officials say the project is badly needed.

”It would be a tragedy if this project dies. The need is dire, especially for seniors with very low incomes,” said Doug Nowka, director of the county’s Area Agency on Aging.

There are 100 people on the waiting list for the complex, which sets a typical rent at around $162 a month.

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