Located in Los Angeles’ Montecito Heights neighborhood just 4 miles from downtown, Rose Hill Courts is a two-phase redevelopment of an existing low-rise public housing complex. While the existing community accommodated only 100 units, the redevelopment will offer 185 100% affordable housing units, community amenities and parking to low, very low and extremely low-income families. Garnering intensive input from existing residents and utilizing a steeply sloped site, this reinvigorated 100% affordable development showcases the community-building potential of public housing within a unique LA enclave.
The development and design team planned the redesign as a singular community developed in two phases to ensure existing residents could stay in place as long as possible and no families would be displaced. A central open space is key to maintaining the development’s low-density feel, but clever siting of one-to four-story structures takes advantage of a 60’ grade difference from one end of the site to the other. A purposeful blending of single and multi-bedroom units also maintained the community’s Intergenerational mix as 80% of current residents are seniors. New plans offer some senior-centric structures but also increased capacity for family configurations so that all ages can easily access the 300-acre Ernest E. Debs Regional Park to the north.