No place like home
Signal Hill city officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the front lawn of the newly built Zinnia Apartments complex at 1500 E. Hill St. to celebrate the grand opening of the affordable-housing development. GD Bro Burger catered the event, offering food and drinks to residents and officials associated with Zinnia’s construction. The ceremony started with opening remarks from Christopher Mafris, Meta Housing executive vice president, followed by comments from Mayor Edward Wilson. The mayor congratulated Meta Housing for the company’s efforts during the planning and developmental stages of the housing project. “This is really big for me,” he said. “Affordable housing is a critical need in the state of California. For 20 years we’ve been talking about housing. In Signal Hill, 60 percent of the houses that we have built in the last few years are affordable-housing.” Zinnia Apartments consist of 72 one-, two- and three-bedroom units on a 1.6-acre site. The property is also equipped with 82 residential-parking spaces and 42 bicycle spaces. The project provides quality and affordable family housing for residents, promoting a pedestrian-friendly environment, according to Meta Housing’s website. Monthly rent for an apartment in Zinnia varies depending on what applicants qualify for, but information provided during the event states tenants pay $350 to $1,364 rent a month. Security deposits are approximately $800 to $1,364. Currently, there are 184 residents living in apartments.