Last weekend marked the grand opening for the Tighe Architecture-designed Sierra Bonita apartments in West Hollywood. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, and developed by the West ?Hollywood? Community? Housing ?Corporation?, the 42-unit building will provide low-income affordable housing for those with special needs. Many of the residents, who were chosen via a lottery system, have already moved in, according to Barbara Hamaker, Development & Communications Manager for the WHCHC. According to Hamaker, more than 2,000 people applied to live in the building. From a design point of view, the $20 million building is a pilot project for WeHo's Green Building Ordinance, ?the city's attempts to go green. Among other things, the ?solar ?electric?panel? system? is? integrated? into? the? façade ?and? roof? of ?the? building?, and will provide most of the electricity during peak hours. And according to the press release, the Sierra ?Bonita? Apartments ?is? the ?first ?all?affordable? mixed?use? project ?in the? East ?Side? Redevelopment Area. The WHCHC will keep offices on the ground floor retail space, according to the release.
· Sierra Bonita Archives [Curbed LA]