Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Famous Properties: Fresh Start; A Mixed-Income Development Brings New Promise to Former Gang Territory

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Famous Properties: Fresh Start; A Mixed-Income Development Brings New Promise to Former Gang Territory

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Pueblo Del Sol, winner of a recent Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, has changed the social fabric in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. Previously a notorious public housing development known as Aliso Village, the new $103 million community features 377 two- to four-bedroom apartments boasting garages, washers, dryers and dishwashers.

The project was partly funded by a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOPE VI program and the sale of low-income housing tax credits. It was developed by McCormack Baron Salazar and The Related Companies of California, AMO, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. "We had two national companies working together in a very cooperative way to come up with a unique community. There's a sense of hope for the future now," said Tony Salazar, principal in McCormack Baron Salazar and president of its West Coast operations.

Design was a key element in preventing a return of the rampant gang activity plaguing Aliso Village, said Salazar. "We controlled and implemented the master planning process. In the previous development, there were too many streets and not enough traffic control. We redesigned the streets so as not to have any continuous drive-through [ability]. It had a huge impact. Once you drive into a cluster, it's only meant for those people living there and they know right away who and which cars do not belong."

Property manager Mirna Mendoza said security and resident education are also important factors in the development's success. …

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