.

Officials to Hold 'Beam Signing' for Weho Housing Project

City and county officials are set to celebrate the Courtyard at La Brea affordable housing development.

West Hollywood and Los Angeles County officials have scheduled a ceremony Friday to celebrate the construction of the Courtyard at La Brea affordable housing project, the city announced Wednesday.

Weho City Council members, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Cordé Carrillo of the county Community Development Commission will join officials from the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. (WHCHC) at the "beam signing" event on the roof deck of Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave.

According to a city of West Hollywood press release:

The Courtyard at La Brea will be a 32-unit affordable-housing apartment building on La Brea Avenue near the City of West Hollywood’s eastern gateway. It will provide housing for low- and very-low income residents, as well as people with disabilities and transition-age youth. ... The renovation is under the direction of the architectural team of Patrick Tighe and John Mutlow. Mutlow is an architect with a long career in affordable housing. Tighe designed the Sierra Bonita Apartments, another of the WHCHC’s successful affordable housing projects.

The Courtyard at La Brea’s design has an emphasis on sustainability and will be GreenPoint rated, with features including an edible garden, a composting program and storm water management strategies. The two-tower residential structures enclose a central landscaped interior courtyard, which is open to the south. The entrance to the building is also on the south side, which is surrounded by a sculpturally woven white contemporary exterior.

City Manager Paul Arevalo reported at the Dec. 17 council meeting that the state had denied redevelopment funding that would go toward an extensive $41 million makeover of Plummer Park as well as the Courtyard at La Brea.

This jeopardized municipal bonds the city sold to finance both projects, with $9 million designated for the Courtyard at La Brea, West Hollywood Finance Director David Wilson said.

"The city will lend Affordable Housing Trust Fund monies as a back stop if we were not allowed to use the bond proceeds," Wilson said.

The Courtyard at La Brea is targeted to start accepting residents this fall.

The estimated cost for the project is $14.8 million, according to a document from the state Treasurer's office.

Be sure to follow West Hollywood Patch on Twitter and "Like" us on Facebook.

brad January 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Its great for more affordable housing, they seem to do great projects but the need for more still is much greater. The sierra bonita had a lottery application with thousands of applications for only 40 something units. I wonder why they couldn't build a larger complex without being so state of the art and amenities to serve more people, although its still is great to have affordable housing at all.
Chloe Ross January 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I am most confused. The designated monies are NOT in place per the state. The Courtyard - certainly a good thing for people who are qualified for affordable housing (and aren't most of us?).But this project comes in for a budget of $14.8 million - far less than the other monies ($41+ million for PP). A recent article in the NYT commented that the bond market - and sales thereof "ain't what it used to be" and so where does this little city materialize these huge amounts of cash that are used for their projects. I am confused. Does the city have a secret vault known only to those withthe keys? Or is this little burg in over its heads - the gods have clearly shown us that hubris costs and comes before a fall.
michael January 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I'm all for affordable housing...but must the building look like a cheap wedding cake? Another ugly West Hollywood building.
Sheila Lightfoot January 03, 2013 at 08:31 PM
$14.8 million divided by 32 units is $462,500 per low or very-low income unit.
Riley January 03, 2013 at 10:13 PM
...AND, remember, these units are available to ANYONE in Los Angeles County, NOT exclusively for West Hollywood residents. Does anyone know what WeHo's actual RHNA numbers are? (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) @Chloe - The bond stuff sounds murky. What is going on with that? I read the bonds had been denied.
Riley January 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Don't worry michael, you'll hardly see it, 'cause they have left McDonald's out of the drawing and when six stories goes up at Carl's Jr. lot it will completely block the sun! Wonder why the "fallen wedding cake" motif faces the south instead of fronting on La Brea? Does anyone know who named WeHo the "Creative City"? Seems like a misnomer.
me January 04, 2013 at 04:22 AM
great point sheila!!!!....un-F'ing-believable!!!!!
me January 04, 2013 at 07:21 AM
my point exactly riley!!!.....they MUST open this up to all of LA County.....so when is the last time you heard of LA city or county building any affordable housing????....why is this happening so much in west hollywood???...i'm all for affordable housing, but something stinks here.....and yes, WHY did it have to be a brand new building from the ground up?.....couldn't all of that money help MORE people if some current buildings were spruced up???.....would love for the patch to dig into this a lot more.....
Sheila Lightfoot January 06, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Riley, here’s the answer to your housing question. West Hollywood’s RHNA for the next period (2014 – 2021) is only 77, comprised of 19 very low-income units, 12 low-income, 13 moderate and 33 above moderate. That compares to the outrageous 584 for the period 2006 – 2014, comprised of 142 very low-income, 91 low-income, 91 moderate and 252 above moderate (over 300% more per square mile than the other cities in our region). As of 12/31/2009 we were shy19 very low-income units, but had far exceeded the numbers in the other categories. The much lower numbers for the upcoming period are due to the loss of population in West Hollywood per the 2010 census and our high vacancy rate. Don’t even get me started on what a sham the whole RHNA thing is.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »