Project Summary and Background
Rose Hill Courts is a public housing development located on a 5.24-acre hillside site in the El Sereno neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles adjacent to Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. In 2014, HACLA identified Rose Hill Courts as a top priority for redevelopment. HACLA and its development partner, Related California, have adopted a redevelopment plan to demolish the existing 15 structures and construct 185 affordable residential housing units in two phases. Extensive outreach was conducted with residents, the surrounding community, advocates, political stakeholders and others through design charrettes, resident surveys, and interactive meetings on various aspects of the project before arriving at the approved plan.
The redevelopment includes include a Management Office/Community Building and a “Central Park” green space. Both phases include storm drain and utility improvements, parking, new landscaping, lighting, fencing, signage and security features. The new development will be energy-efficient, and the landscaping will include water-efficient irrigation and storm water reuse. The amenities will include outdoor spaces for social gatherings, shaded and seating areas with barbecue grills for outdoor dining, picnic tables, lounge seating, a vegetable garden, and an adult exercise area. In addition, there will be a tot lot specifically designed for children 2-12 years of age.
Rose Hill Courts Phasing Plan
The redevelopment will occur over two phases. Phase I, located on the northeast corner of the site at McKenzie Avenue and Florizel Street, includes 89 replacement units for the current residents of Rose Hill Courts. Phase II will include 96 new affordable units, including 11 replacement units, targeting large families. All units will be available to extremely, very low, and low income families.
Construction of Phase I started in June 2021 with an expected completion in June 2023. Subject to availability of financing, Phase II construction is projected to start by the end of 2023. The residents of the Phase I footprint were temporarily relocated to a combination of on-site units and off-site units. Once Phase I is completed, the relocated residents and the residents still residing in the older buildings will have the first right to move in to one of the new units.
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