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The Habitat for Humanity people will have to dig some holes in the ground first – but at a discounted cost of less than $5,000, that’s not a big deal when you’re talking about building 87 affordable homes for returning military veterans and their families.

The Santa Clarita Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the SCV Habitat for Heroes project, a community of 11 one-story houses and 76 duplex units to be built on Center Pointe Parkway next to Bowman High School.

The broadly supported development project will go to the City Council for final approval. But first, the  soil will be tested because the property abuts the Whittaker-Bermite site, where munitions were manufactured there from the 1930s to the 1980s – leaving contaminants behind in some areas.

Commissioner Chuck Heffernan called for the soils test after Lynne Plambeck and Cam Noltemeyer of SCOPE (Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment) noted that the only environmental work done on the property was a review of paperwork.

The review, called a Phase-1 environmental study, showed there was no history of contamination on the Habitat property. Had the Phase-1 study showed any possibility of contamination, a Phase-2 study – actual digging and testing – would have been done.

B.J. Atkins, the environmental scientist who performed the Phase-1 study (and coincidentally, a fellow Newhall County Water Board member with Plambeck) said six, 3-foot-deep holes could be dug and the soils tested for less than $5,000 – even though he didn’t think it necessary. (Market rate would be $15,000 to $25,000, he later explained, but it’s for charity.)

“Ten years from now when somebody asks the question,” said Commissioner Tim Burkhart, “it’ll be the best $5,000 ever spent.”

Atkins said he’d complete the work before the project goes to the City Council. In the unlikely event any contaminants showed up, they would be properly removed.

More than a year in the making, the SCV Habitat for Heroes project is one of two veterans housing projects being pursued simultaneously by Habitat for Humanity of SFV/SCV. A second project in Sylmar has already been green-lighted by the city of Los Angeles, Habitat CEO Donna Deutschman said.

Deutschman’s group, which has been building affordable homes – not just for veterans – since 1990, recently completed a 61-unit housing project in Pacoima.

Carl Goldman of KHTS radio, who organized a large advisory group for the Santa Clarita project, recently visited the Pacoima development.

Noting that it’s a gated community in the middle of “one of the roughest, toughest barrios,” Goldman likened it to “Dorothy leaving Kansas and entering Oz.”

“It’s become the neighborhood village (like) we used to see in America 100 years ago,” Goldman said.

More than just housing, Deutchman described an “enriched neighborhood environment” with an array of services brought together by Habitat for Humanity – educational, health and social services that are designed to help the ex-military residents attain self-sufficiency.

Thirty percent of young veterans are unemployed and 25 percent of unemployed Americans are vets, she said.

Numbering more than 10,000 today, Santa Clarita has “an inordinate amount of veterans,” Deutschman said, making it a sensible place for a veterans housing project.

And more are on the way. J.D. Kennedy, commander of American Legion Post 507, noted that 700-plus active vets are returning from tours in the Middle East.

“Our servicemen and -women deserve the best welcome home possible,” he said.

Many of them will need “self-sufficiency skills,” Deutschman said. “Many have not gotten a college degree, (and) many have young families.”

Even if the housing project hasn’t yet received its final approval, eight veterans have already been pre-approved to move in, Deutschman said.

To qualify, she said, a veteran must have been honorably discharged, have reasonably good credit, a household income between $45,000 and $83,000, and they can’t show up on the Megan’s Law list of sex offenders.

And when they sign on the dotted line, they agree to put in 500 hours’ worth of sweat equity and take the enrichment classes.

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