San Mateo County officials have celebrated the groundbreaking of an apartment complex in East Palo Alto intended to help solve affordable housing struggles in the area earlier this month, according to a press release from the county. 

The project is meant to serve people earning between 3 and 50 percent of the area’s median income. This is about $39,000 for a one-person household but could be as much as $147,180 for larger families. Qualified tenants will pay up to 30 percent of their gross income on rent. 

“These larger apartments offered at affordable rents address a priority for the county and will help us slow the exodus of working families,” San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president Warren Slocum said at the Feb. 2 celebration, according to the press release.   

The complex will include 136 apartments, with some containing as many as four bedrooms. The complex will include eight studio apartments, 19 one-bedroom apartments, 75 two-bedroom apartments, 27 three-bedroom apartments and seven four-bedroom apartments.

Local nonprofit housing developers EPACANDO and MidPen Housing are leading the project. 

Project funding is being provided by a mix of private, local, state and federal contributions. A $13 million loan from the county’s local Measure K sales tax and an additional $10 million in financing secured by the county’s Department of Housing are among the contributions to the project.  

The complex, Colibri Commons, is at 965 Weeks St, in East Palo Alto. The location is a city-owned, 2.6-acre property near University Avenue and Bay Road. The complex will include 222 parking spaces. The location is expected to help popularize the nearby Rail Spur walking path, according to the MidPen website.