Architects, developers prepare for construction of $15.2 million Santa Fe Springs affordable housing project

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SVA Architects, with development partners The Richman Group, Inc., The Whole Child, and Habitat for Humanity, are celebrating the recently completed entitlements for their upcoming project in Santa Fe Springs.

The approximately $15.2 million project will cost the city about $110,000 per unit for 139 units, SVA says in a statement. Its anticipated to break ground in April 2022.

The architects say the project encompasses more than an entire city block and “will offer housing for low-income and vulnerable seniors and families, as well as families and children experiencing homelessness.”

“Anytime we can break down barriers within a neighborhood—whether that’s across socioeconomic or generational divides—there is valuable enrichment that takes place within the community,” said SVA Architects CEO Ernesto M. Vasquez. “It’s very rewarding to be a part of the team bringing this unique community to life, while helping address the need for affordable homes in this region.”

The Lakeland and Laurel development features three distinct housing communities consisting of intergenerational affordable apartments, interim transitional housing, and for-sale townhomes.

Intergenerational affordable apartment homes

The Richman Group, based in Newport Beach, will construct three buildings, totaling 102 affordable apartment homes on nearly four acres at the northwest corner of Laurel and Lakeland. The first building, at four stories tall, will provide homes to 50 seniors. The other two buildings will be three stories tall, and offer 52 family apartments. These homes will also share a 1,000-sq. ft. clubhouse with a fitness facility, laundry room, mail room, and clubroom.

Interim transitional housing

On the same four-acre parcel will be a three-story building by non-profit organization The Whole Child. The site could provide interim housing to up to 40 homeless families at any given time. A robust supportive services center featuring consultation rooms, family room, teen area, computer lab, playground, pantry, among other amenities, will also be part of the facility.

“This project will bring a much-needed specialized facility for homeless families to the Southeastern region of LA County, where currently none exists,” Constanza Pachon, Chief Executive Officer of The Whole Child, said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to The City of Santa Fe Springs and Supervisor Janice Hahn of the 4th District for their commitment to our shared vision of ending family homelessness. This project would not be en route to becoming a reality without their unwavering support, including generous construction funding.”

For-sale townhomes

Built on approximately one acre at the northeast corner of Laurel and Lakeland, Habitat for Humanity will build 18 townhomes. The homes will be sold to low-income families, and will be approximately 1,350 sq. ft. each with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and two-car garages. The townhomes will also have their own greenbelt, perfect for kicking a soccer ball or a game of frisbee.

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