SANTA FE SPRINGS – Though the Villages at Heritage Springs project is still in its fledgling stage, developers predict the 516-home development will be completed by, or before, the spring 2008 deadline. Tall piles of dirt are evidence of the soil excavation and removal process on the 54.6-acre site, and about one-third of the property’s 168 old oil wells also have been cleared away. “To say that we’re slightly ahead, it’s good news. But let’s not get too excited,” said development manager Brad Porter. “We still have a long way to go before we could have this AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2project finished.” Porter’s company, Comstock Homes, is working with The Olson Company on what has been termed one of the city’s largest housing projects in years, said Paul Ashworth, assistant to the director of planning and development in Santa Fe Springs. Most of Santa Fe Springs’ housing stock dates to the 1950s, City Manager Fred Latham said. Villages at Heritage Springs blueprints call for 516 homes in distinct designs, with modern Craftsman-style units sitting in small developments near urban-style town homes and various other housing models. “Some are stacked-flat condos, some are attached, side-by-side condos, some are cluster homes, and others are single-family units,” Ashworth said. Homes will vary in size, from 1,300 to more than 4,000 square feet, and will include 2-4 bedrooms, depending on the unit model. The homes are expected to sell for between $400,000 and $800,000, Latham said. Total project costs are estimated at about $300 million, he added. Villages’ site plan also includes methane gas vents disguised as lamp posts, as well as working oil wells, that will help differentiate one property from the next. Twenty-five oil wells are expected to remain behind, but mostly underground. The new housing units will increase the city’s current housing stock by more than 10 percent, bringing to Santa Fe Springs a total of about 4,800 homes for its 17,000 residents. Primarily, Villages will show a sense of “community stability,” Ashworth added. “To be able to provide single-family homes to existing residents would be a good thing,” he said. “We could create move-up housing for existing residents, but also attract current business owners who live outside the city to Santa Fe Springs for housing.” Much of the building schedule depends on preparing the site’s soil, which may not be completed for another year or so. Porter, who said his group has previous experience in working on oil fields, added that the “extracurricular cleanup” is standard procedure for oil field developments. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!