Just in time for Christmas, more than 100 senior citizens will be moving into new, affordable apartments in the Riverside County community of Perris thanks to the teamwork and collaboration between the local utility, city and the housing developers.

As construction on the Perris Station Apartments was coming to a close, representatives of Highridge Costa Housing Partners had an urgent need to provide power to the complex. On Nov. 15, they met with the city of Perris and representatives from Southern California Edison (SCE) to discuss their concerns.

Working closely with the city, SCE pulled together a team of employees from across the company that worked tirelessly throughout the week of Thanksgiving to ensure that power to the complex would be supplied as soon as safely possible. 

The team was able to obtain the required permits, install needed equipment and complete inspections leading to the entire site being energized on Nov. 25, just seven working days after the initial meeting with the developer.

“I would like to thank everyone involved from SCE and the City of Perris in getting electrical power to Perris Station,” said Thomas Erickson, senior vice president at Highridge Costa Housing Partners. “We witnessed and experienced great understanding, support, execution, performance, courtesy and professionalism and we jointly accomplished a very critical and time-sensitive installation.

“The best part of this joint accomplishment is the very happy faces we will see on over 100 low-income senior citizens,” he continued. “These senior residents are some of the most disadvantaged and deserving citizens in the City of Perris and surrounding Riverside County communities.”

Perris Station Apartments, a mixed-use apartment community in the heart of the historic district of Perris, was developed for low-income senior citizens who are 55-years and older. Qualified residents have annual incomes that are 30 to 60 percent of Riverside County’s median income. The three-story apartment building features 84 residential units, a 16,000-square-foot courtyard on the second story of the complex and 9,300-square-feet of retail and office space.

“This was an amazing example of our value of teamwork as many employees from around the company worked together for a very positive outcome,” said Marlyn Denter, manager of consumer affairs for SCE. 

“We look forward to meeting with the new residents of Perris Station Apartments to ensure they are aware of the programs and services available to them as SCE customers, at which time we will also promote safety around electricity and disaster preparedness.”

On Nov. 20, the Perris Station Apartments was also honored with the SAGE Award from the Building Industry Association of Southern California in the “On the Board” category for redevelopment. The SAGE awards recognize individuals, projects and programs that enhance the quality of life for Southern California residents who are 55-years or older.