Cesar Chavez Villas -- Rendering courtesy of Chelsea Investment Corp.

Cesar Chavez Villas -- Rendering courtesy of Chelsea Investment Corp.

Carlsbad-headquartered developer Chelsea Investment Corp. recently broke ground on a $26.7 million, 80-unit complex of affordable farmworker apartments in the city of Coachella in Riverside County.

A company statement said apartments at Cesar Chavez Villas will be completed next year and will be restricted to households earning 30 to 60 percent of that region’s median income. Monthly rents will range from $726 to $1,010.

Chelsea officials noted that suitable and affordable housing for agricultural workers is in short supply in the Coachella Valley, where nearly 60,000 acres of land produce more than $600 million in crops annually.

“Inadequate and substandard housing conditions are common issues faced by farmworkers and their families across the nation,” said Chelsea Project Manager Walter Heiberg.

The 80 units currently underway will supplement 56 affordable farmworker apartments built by Chelsea in the project’s first phase in 2014. Six two-story buildings will be built to obtain Platinum certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, with solar energy and other sustainable elements.

Onsite amenities will include computer labs, after-school homework programs and other academic-related elements geared to children living at the complex.

Chelsea Investment Corp. was started in 1984 and has since developed more than 9,500 units of affordable housing valued at more than $1.7 billion. About 50 percent of the units serve specialized populations, including seniors, farmworkers, homeless residents and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.