The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the Jordan Downs Urban Village Specific Plan on April 17th to redevelop over 100 acres of publicly owned land in the Southeast LA community of Watts!! The Specific Plan codifies the community-based vision of an urban village- streamlining the development process, and allowing the distressed post-war bunker style housing that exists today to be rebuilt.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) hired LA City Planning staff to write the Specific Plan in consultation with Global Green USA to ensure that the Plan included national standards for green and sustainable development.
Global Green has been working to instill sustainability standards in the Specific Plan for the past three years, and is currently in the process of getting the Specific Plan certified under the first national rating system for neighborhood scale sustainability- LEED for Neighborhood Development.
With the adoption of the Jordan Downs Specific Plan and its LEED-ND certification, the HACLA and its development partners are committing to build quality affordable housing, retail opportunities, walkable streets, and public amenities such as a central park and new community center for current and future residents of Jordan Downs.
The HACLA’s effort is equally focused on the human capital component-making the project about building resident’s capacity as well as building a unique place. The redevelopment of Jordan Down will influence the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the greater Watts and Southeast Los Angeles community which is why Global Green is proud to be partnering in the revitalization effort!