Jamboree Breaks Ground on LEED Platinum Affordable Housing Project
Jamboree Housing Corp. recently broke ground in Claremont for Courier Place Apartment Homes, an affordably priced, transit-oriented development that will also be a LEED platinum-certified community.
Lauded by Sean Rogan, executive director of the Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County as an example of the type of innovative affordable housing the Commission is promoting throughout Los Angeles County, Courier Place received $2.75 million in funding from LACDC as well as $4.91 million from the city of Claremont, which is located 30 mi east of downtown Los Angeles.
Courier Place is being developed within Claremont�s Village Expansion on a 3.4-acre infill site that is the former location of the Claremont Courier newspaper, which has moved to another location. A sustainable apartment community, Courier Place is also Jamboree�s first intergenerational, affordable apartment project in the city of Claremont. The three-story, garden-style community will offer apartments for both working families and for senior citizens 62 years and older.
As an intergenerational community, Courier Place will be home to both seniors and families earning between 30% and 50% of the area median income. The senior citizens building will feature 38 one-bedroom apartments, an elevator, and recreation space. The family apartments will be encompassed in two buildings and consist of 36 two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with two bathrooms.
�Intergenerational living is based on the idea that the blending of families and seniors builds a community and offers a lifestyle that enhances health and happiness,� says Michael Massie, Jamboree�s Housing Development Manager. �Although intergenerational housing is not a new idea, it is only recently that we have started to see these projects become more popular in California and only a few have been affordable.�
Designed by William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc. and to be constructed by Advent Cos., Courier Place will also provide residents with convenient laundry facilities and a 3,000-sq-ft recreation center with property management offices, a multipurpose room, kitchen, restrooms, and computer room. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, patio dining area with barbecues and a tot-lot.
Financial partners investing in the $21.36-million development of Courier Place include the city of Claremont, Claremont Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, US Bank, and the WNC & Associates investment firm