City manager says new homes have been planned for decades

There’s no mistaking the mood on the “What’s Happening in Hollister” Facebook page as gridlock slows traffic to a crawl throughout Hollister and San Benito County and every roadway entering town. Residents hurl angry comments at city leaders daily as more houses spring up and they wonder at the sanity of it all. There’s no doubt about it, Hollister is in the midst of a surge of new construction—30 years in the making. BenitoLink recently sat down with Hollister City Manager Bill Avera  to try to unravel what is going on. At the moment, there are 31 building projects, totaling 2,480 units, scattered throughout the city. And this does not even include Santana Ranch at Fairview and Sunnyslope roads—where 1,100 homes will ultimately be built—in the county.

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