Local dignitaries were in attendance during a ceremony on Jan. 17 to celebrate the groundbreaking of San Remo Apartments, a project designed to provide low-income families with affordable housing.

Phase 1 of the two-phase project will consist of 40 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units. The units will be in two-story buildings. When completed, the project will consist of a total of 124 affordable units.

San Remo Apartments is located at 9051 Santa Fe Avenue.

Mayor Pro Tem Thurston "Smitty" Smith and Councilmembers Ed Pack and Rita Vogler were in attendance as were representatives of the Hesperia Chamber Ambassadors. Russell Blewett, a member of the county's planning commission, also was in attendance. Steve Lantsberger, the head of Hesperia's Economic Development Department, acted as event emcee.

"This will provide affordable units for our workforce," Lantsberger said.

The city's redevelopment agency helped secure $4.4 million in funds toward the project.

Danavon Horn, founder and president of Palm Desert Development Co., said he was very pleased to be working with city staff and elected officials.

"The city's been work with us diligently," Horn said. "It's a tremendous amount of money. The Council allowed us to be the No. 1 project."

The enthusiasm for the project was mutual, according to Smith.

"I was really thrilled with this project coming forward," he said.