On May 31, construction commenced for two projects which will bring 87 new apartments for homeless veterans to the sprawling West Los Angeles VA North Campus.

The Veterans Collective - consisting of Century Housing Corp., Thomas Safran & Associates, and U.S. Vets - is behind the redevelopment of the campus, which has already seen the completion of 230 homes, with more than 500 additional residential units now under construction.

Rendering of Building 158KFA Architecture

Building 158, which is being developed by Century Housing, will add 49 homes to the complex, while Building 210 from U.S. Vets will provide 38 new apartments earmarked for women veterans.

“Today’s groundbreaking of Buildings 158 and 210 signifies the increased momentum in development of housing and helps solidify the ongoing transformation of the West LA VA campus for those who have previously served our country,” said U.S. Vets chief executive officer Steve Peck in a news release. “The work continues and once completed, these buildings will be the latest to provide housing options for our highest-need populations experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, including women Veterans, a historically underserved population within the Veteran community.”

Rendering of Building 210Gensler

The design team for the project includes KFA Architecture, City Fabrick, and Gensler. The buildings maintain the Mission Revival architecture commonly seen on the campus.

Funding for the projects comes from a variety of state and local sources, as well as leases and infrastructure provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs, which owns the campus, and philanthropic contributions.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Buildings 158 and 210Gary Leonard

Full redevelopment of the 80-acre VA North Campus will eventually create a total of 1,200 homes, as well as wraparound services for residents. The project is billed as the largest veteran housing development in the United States, with a total anticipated cost of more than $1.4 billion.

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