Nearly $158 million in funding will be provided to communities across the state to support infrastructure improvements near new affordable and permanent supportive housing developments, the California Department of Housing and Community Development announced last week. And as with other recent rounds of state funding, projects in the Los Angeles area are poised to receive a lion's share of the money.
“The Newsom Administration has provided unprecedented resources to facilitate the creation of affordable housing in California,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez in a news release. “The Infill Infrastructure Grant program supports our commitment to increase the sustainability and affordability of communities across California. We’re pleased to provide this funding to local communities for critical infrastructure improvements that will facilitate the building of housing and serve families throughout California for generations to come.”
Projects in Los Angeles County are slated to receive just over $55.3 million of the money, which will not finance the construction of the developments, but rather supporting infrastructure such as bike lanes, curbs and gutters, new water and sewer lines, and broadband equipment. Awardees (with the amount of infrastructure funding) include:
The $1-billion revamp of the mid-century public housing complex in Watts - led by Bridge Housing Corp. and The Michael's Organization - will double the amount of on-site housing from 700 units to more than 1,400, while also adding new open space and community-serving commercial uses.
The Miramar Gold development is a proposed seven-story, 94-unit apartment complex from West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. that would rise just north of 3rd Street in the Westlake neighborhood.
Thomas Safran & Associates has secured approvals to develop a mixed-use project containing 102 apartments and ground-floor commercial uses at 8140 Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City.
Grandview Apartments ($2 million)
Abode Communities is planning a 100-unit apartment building on a site located just south of MacArthur Park in the Westlake community.
Arlington, a second project from Thomas Safran & Associates, would replace a decommissioned oil drilling site at 3300 Washington Boulevard with a mixed-use structure containing 84 apartments and ground-floor retail.
The third and final Thomas Safran development on the list, Parkview would replace an industrial facility at 4020 Compton Avenue in South Los Angeles with multiple three-story structures containing 127 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
Go For Broke Apartments ($6.2 million)
Little Tokyo Service Center and fellow non-profit Go For Broke are pursuing the redevelopment of a city-owned parking lot at 200 N. Central Avenue in Downtown with a mixed-use complex featuring up to 245 apartments and commercial space. The project's backers recently secured $15.5 million in construction financing for the development.
Another project from Abode Communities, Beacon Landing would replace a pair of commercial buildings at 311-345 N. Beacon Avenue in San Pedro with a four-story edifice featuring 90 studio apartments catering to homeless individuals, a 10-car garage, and on-site supportive services.
Weingart Center is planning an 18-story tower that would bring nearly 300 income-restricted apartments to a what is now a city-owned surface parking lot at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown.
Enlightenment Plaza ($5.5 million)
Developer Flexible PSH Solutions Inc. is planning a multi-phase development just east of the Vermont/Beverly subway station which would consist of more than 450 apartments for formerly unhoused residents.
Developer Hollywood Community Housing Corp. has proposed a 73-unit supportive housing development at 8767 Parthenia Place in the North Hills community.
The Infill Infrastructure Grant program was created and funded through Proposition 1, which California voters passed in 2018. Previous rounds of funding have gone toward bike lanes and other projects surrounding the 3rd & Dangler apartments now under construction in East Los Angeles.
“When facing our state’s housing crisis, it’s imperative that we utilize all the tools and resources at our disposal,” said Gustavo Velasquez, director of the Housing and Community Development Department in a statement. “The grant funding announced today will ultimately provide 4,000 individuals and families with safe, affordable homes, which will remain affordable for 55 years or longer, serving multiple households over time, and allowing families to break the cycle of poverty.”
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