The effort to transform a public housing project into a larger, mixed-use community with shops and new homes advanced Friday, when the city of Los Angeles broke ground on 135 new apartments at Jordan Downs in Watts.
“The redevelopment at Jordan Downs is about so much more than construction and landscaping—it’s a living example of our determination to give all Angelenos a real chance at the opportunity and prosperity that they deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The new residences will range in size from one- to five-bedroom units, spread out over six blocks, according to the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles.
All 135 apartments will be affordable to families making 60 percent of the area median income or less. It’s unclear what portion of the 135 units will be reserved for current residents of Jordan Downs.
The $73 million project, developed by The Michaels Organization, is considered Phase 1B of a 10-year, multi-phase redevelopment planned for the complex. Phase 1A, which broke ground in June 2017, is under construction now.
The Michaels Organization and the nonprofit BRIDGE Organization are master developers of the entire redevelopment. SVA Architects designed Phase A and B.
When complete, the new Jordan Downs will have 710 new apartments and townhouses, roughly nine acres of park space, a community center, and about 165,000 square feet of new retail space.
The project also includes a half-mile extension of Century Boulevard that will connect Grape and Alameda streets, acting as a major new street in Jordan Downs. Friday also marked the grand opening of the extension, which is now open.
- Jordan Downs Revitalization Reaches Significant Milestones With Grand Opening of Century Blvd. Extension and Groundbreaking of Phase 1B [HACLA]
- Jordan Downs redevelopment: Construction finally starts on ‘beautiful new’ apartments [Curbed LA]
- Construction on first phase of Jordan Downs redevelopment might start next month [Curbed LA]