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Community Corp’s First Project Outside Santa Monica Underway

Groundbreaking for Vista Ballona

By Sam Catanzaro

Community Corporation Santa Monica (Community Corp) recently broke ground on a 100 percent affordable housing project in Mar Vista, the organization’s first development outside of Santa Monica as part of its broader plans to expand throughout the Westside.

The development, dubbed Vista Ballona, will occupy a vacant lot at 3960 Grand View Boulevard in Mar Vista. Plans call for a six-story building featuring 50 one and two-bedroom units. The apartments will be priced for low-income tenants making between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income with 12 units reserved for individuals with developmental disabilities. FSY Architecture is the project designer.

The vacant lot the development will occupy. Photo: Google Street View.

“We are thrilled to begin our partnership with the City of Los Angeles and contribute solutions that help to address the current affordability crisis in our region. Vista Ballona will be an important addition to Mar Vista’s sorely needed affordable housing stock, making the westside a more inclusive and vibrant place for everyone to live,” said Tara Barauskas, Executive Director of Community Corp.

Westside Regional Center will join with Brilliant Corners to provide case management and supportive services for Vista Ballona tenants. Brilliant Corners has contributed $2 million towards the project, alongside a $3.9 billion loan from the City of Los Angeles and low-income tax credits subsidizing the development.

Local lawmakers and community leaders at the groundbreaking. Photo: Councilmember Mike Bonin.

According to Community Corp, Vista Ballona will be built to obtain LEED Platinium Certification, something Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin applauded

“Two things this project is doing, working to fight two crises, two matters of life and death—climate change and affordable housing. I’m so excited to see a project like this so committed to sustainability,” Bonin said at the groundbreaking, alongside other community leaders and elected officials including Amy Anderson, Housing Deputy for Mayor Eric Garcetti and Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Leslie Lambert.

According to Bonin, construction is expected to be done by the end of next year.

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