|The Courtyard at LaBrea|
WHCHC BRINGS BOLD CONTEMPORARY MIXED-USE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO WEST HOLLYWOOD’S EASTERN GATEWAY
Breaking new ground is always an exciting time. It is creative and challenging and involves our entire staff as we collaborate to develop the design, financing and the programs for the buildings that will serve our future residents.
Now WHCHC is, for the first time, developing a beautiful new affordable community on La Brea Boulevard at West Hollywood’s eastern gateway. The architectural team of Patrick Tighe, the architect for the Sierra Bonita Apartments, and John Mutlow, an architect with a long and distinguished career in affordable housing, has designed the Courtyard at La Brea, a 32-unit apartment complex.
The Courtyard At La Brea will focus on sustainability, and will be GreenPoint Rated, a program of Build It Green. In addition, The Courtyard at La Brea will include several sustainable activities for residents that WHCHC is developing as part of a new Green Living Program. There will be an edible garden component, facilitated by WHCHC staff, working with a certified Master Gardener.
In addition to providing housing to low and very low-income households, some of the units will be targeted to people with disabilities and youth. The site was acquired in November 2010 with acquisition and predevelopment funds from the City of West Hollywood. Now in predevelopment, WHCHC expects to break ground sometime in 2012.
The project is comprised of two mid-rise residential towers enclosing a central courtyard which is open to the south. The contemporary exterior includes a sculptural woven white multi-story structure as a dramatic south “tower” element that marks the building’s entrance at the ground level, with an open terrace for floors above. Elevator entrances are found inside this open structure, as well as stair access. The project will feature a landscaped central interior courtyard garden.
A composting program utilizing modern organic gardening techniques will create nutrient-enriched soil for the edible garden. These sustainable activities are all part of an educational module of the Green Living Program, and resources will be accessed through local affiliations and companies.
Storm Water Management Strategies and low-impact development practices onsite are being proposed, including two infiltration planters to control storm water pollution by retaining as much storm water on site as possible.
The Courtyard at La Brea will bring to nine the total number of WHCHC affordable housing communities in West Hollywood’s Redevelopment Area. Beginning in 1988, with the rehabilitation of small worker housing bungalows and apartments, WHCHC has built a portfolio of distinguished urban infill projects, including six built since the City established their redevelopment area in 1995.