Tanimura & Antle to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Employee Housing
- by Jessica Donnel
SALINAS, CA - Tanimura & Antle is hosting a ceremonial ribbon cutting this morning, July 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM, in recognition of the completion of the Tanimura & Antle Agricultural Employee Housing Project: Spreckels Crossing. The project, approved on September 1, 2015, is seeking to provide an affordable, safe, and comfortable housing option for the company’s seasonal employees, and to address the labor shortage impacting Monterey County.
“Spreckels Crossing is a true testament to what can be accomplished when business and local government work together in cooperation,” shared CEO and President, Rick Antle about the recently completed project. “Rarely does one have the opportunity to improve the community as this project has. Not only have we addressed the critical affordable housing need of our community, we have changed lives.”
The first residents of Spreckels Crossing moved in on April 15, now occupying many of the 100, two-bedroom, two-bathroom units. Each unit has capacity to accommodate up to eight employees per unit, with the option to rent a room with fewer occupants, if preferred. Apartments are fully-furnished, and include an on-site store and lounge, with access to computers, laundry room, recreation room, baseball and soccer fields, and communal barbeque and picnic areas, according to a press release.
Tanimura & Antle hope the new residential community will make a positive impact on not only quality of life for employees, but also the following:
- An adaptive reuse of Spreckel’s Sugar Site
- A decrease in traffic due to workers living onsite
- Serving the industry as an example for others to follow suit
The company assures that it believes that all employees are entitled to a healthy community with affordable housing, and hopes to meet 2016 labor needs for domestic workers with the help of this housing program.
The ribbon cutting will take place today at 121 Spreckles Boulevard, Salinas, CA, 93908 at 11:30 am, with a lunch to follow between noon and 1 pm. Those who wish to RSVP can email the company at [email protected].