Decro Corporation and Daylight Community Development Corporation have reached a key milestone at the construction of in $8.6-million supportive housing complex in Watts, with the arrival of the first prefabricated modular units.

Modular unit installed at the Watts Works siteCourtesy of Watts Works

Watts Works, which is being built at 9502 S. Compton Avenue, will consist of a four-story building containing 25 apartments - including 24 supportive units priced for rent at the very low-income level. 

Studio One Eleven is designing the building, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary low-rise structure with a street-fronting courtyard and a rooftop deck.

The People Concern is slated to provide on-site supportive services for residents, including counseling, community-based healthcare, treatment, and employment training.

Interior of a modular unit at Watts WorksCourtesy of Watts Works

Funding for the more than $8.6-million project comes from a variety of local and private sources, including Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, Arixa Capital, and Genesis LA, according to a landing page on the Decro Corp. website.

"This is a project that is non-traditional in a lot of ways," said Greg Comanor, a partner at Daylight Community Development Corporation at a virtual groundbreaking ceremony in March.  "There's no tax credits - we're using [Measure] HHH Funds, No Place Like Home funds from the County and the State, and vouchers from the County Department of Health.  We've tried to create a replicable model."

The building will consist of 56 separate modular units - built into the shell of decommissioned shipping containers - which are constructed in Colorado and shipped to the project site.

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Watts Works, which is one of four modular housing developments from the project team, is on pace for completion in September, just six months after breaking ground.

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