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Schapiro Knolls takes shape as a community

Posted: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013


Norma Cordova recently moved in to a two-bedroom apartment at the new Schapiro Knolls Apartments in Watsonville. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian and Frank Domin).


WATSONVILLE —Norma Cordova wept the day she learned that she had been chosen in a lottery to live in the new Schapiro Knolls Apartments. It was June and Cordova was one of the 1,371 applicants for the 88 homes on Minto Road near Pinto Lake.

“I am just so blessed,” Cordova, a single mom with a 10-year-old daughter, said Tuesday inside her gleaming apartment with fluffy carpets, handsome wood kitchen cabinets, new appliances, ample natural light and a balcony. “This apartment is so beautiful. I can’t believe this is happening to me. I mean — my daughter now has her own room. We now live in a beautiful place. We were living with roommates before we moved here. This is amazing.”

Schapiro Knolls is the most recent housing project completed in the area by MidPen Housing Corp. MidPen completed Jardines del Valle with 18 units in Watsonville in 1995, the 43-unit San Andreas Apartments in 2001, Villas Del Paraiso’s 51 units in 2005 (formerly Marmo’s Mobile Home Park), Via Del Mar in Watsonville with 40 units built in 2005, and Parkhurst Terrace (formerly Golden Torch Mobile Home Park of Aptos) in 2008 with 68 units. MidPen is in the final stages of completing Aptos Blue, a 40-unit apartment in Aptos.

“We are very pleased with the completion of Schapiro Knolls,” said Beth Fraker, director of marketing and communications at MidPen. “It’s been exciting to be able to transform a formerly vacant site into a beautiful community for 88 hard-working families – many of whom are agriculture workers – who are so appreciative to have a home that they’re proud of. Almost every afternoon we see children playing soccer on the grass or four-square in the play area where they have views of the gorgeous hills in the background. This has become the warm and vibrant community we’d envisioned.”

For the complete article see the 10-03-2013 issue.

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