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Courier Place

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LOS ANGELES-Developers are adding 195 new units of affordablehousing in the latest round of new low-income, work force andseniors housing in L.A. County. The 195 units include 121 in LosAngeles by Agoura Hills-based Amcal Multi-Housing Inc. and 74 inthe City of Claremont by Jamboree Housing of Irvine, CA.

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Amcal on Dec. 9 unveiled a 75-unit low-income project calledAndalucia Heights in the Westlake District of Los Angeles and brokeground yesterday on a 46-unit senior work force project calledSunrise in South Los Angeles. Jamboree’s new development is CourierPlace, a transit-oriented project slated for LEED Platinumcertification that is designed for working families and for seniorcitizens 62 years and older.

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Andalucia Heights is an infill development designed by VanTilburg, Banvard and Soderbergh architects of Santa Monica toinclude front stoops along Fourth Street to integrate thedevelopment into the surrounding community. It is Amcal’s 13thcompleted development in Los Angeles since 2003. The projectconsists of two buildings comprising four one-bedroom apartments,48 two-bedroom units, 20 three-bedroom apartments and threefour-bedroom units, plus 75 parking spaces.

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Andalucia Heights

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Percy Vaz, CEO of Amcal, points out that the company developedthe project in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and itsnon-profit partner Works. The complex is reserved for families whoearn 60% or less of the area median income. Apartments range from580 to 1,250 square feet.

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Amcal and Works financed the development, which cost more than$25 million to build, with an award in 2008 of $13.34 million in 9%Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Equity, construction and permanentloans are being provided by Los Angeles Housing Department, CentralCity West Housing Trust Funds, Hudson Housing Corp., ChaseCommunity Development Banking and California Community ReinvestmentCorp. Andalucia was Amcal’s first development to receive L.A.County Community Development Commission City of Industry funds, andwas also the first development in California to start constructionusing funds awarded through the State Housing and CommunityDevelopment Infill Infrastructure Grant Program. Amcal GeneralContractors was the general contractor on the development andcompleted the complex on time and within budget.

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Jamboree’s Courier Place, which received $4.91 million from theCity of Claremont and $2.75 million in funding from the CommunityDevelopment Commission of Los Angeles County, is a $21.36 milliondevelopment in Downtown Claremont within Claremont’s VillageExpansion. The 3.4-acre infill site is the former location of theClaremont Courier newspaper, which has moved to anotherlocation.

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The three-story, garden-style complex represents a developmentmilestone for Jamboree, according to company president LauraArchuleta. It is Jamboree’s first intergenerational, affordableapartment project in the City of Claremont and “will help pioneer anew generation of housing that will be sustainable, affordable andintergenerational,” she said.

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Located at 111 S. College Blvd., the complex is immediatelysouth of the Claremont Transportation Center and less than aquarter mile from downtown Claremont and the Claremont Colleges. Itwill be home to seniors and families earning 30% to 50% of the AreaMedian Income. The senior citizens building will feature 38one-bedroom apartments, an elevator, and recreation space. The family apartments will be in two buildings and consist of 36two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with twobathrooms.

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Michael Massie, Jamboree’s housing development manager,explained that intergenerational living “is based on the idea thatthe blending of families and seniors builds a community and offersa lifestyle that enhances health and happiness.” Althoughintergenerational housing is not a new idea, “It only recently thatwe have started to see these projects become more popular inCalifornia and only a few have been affordable,” Massie added.

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Designed by William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc. and to beconstructed by Advent Cos., Courier Place will also include a 3,000square-foot recreation center with property management offices, amultipurpose room, kitchen, restrooms, and computer room. Outdooramenities include a swimming pool, patio dining area withbarbecues, and a tot-lot. Rents will be $409 to $990 per month,based on family size and income level. The complex is slated foroccupancy in March 2012. Financial partners in the project includethe City of Claremont, Claremont Redevelopment Agency, the HousingAuthority of the County of Los Angeles, US Bank, and the WNC &Associates investment firm.

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Sunrise Rendering

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Amcal’s Sunrise project will replace an underutilized site on acommercial corridor in South Los Angeles, noted Amcal CEO Vaz, whopoined out that it is being financed with an allocation of $6million in 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the CaliforniaTax Credit Allocation Committee and will be LEED Silver certified.It is designed for seniors whose household income ranges between30% and 60% of the Area Median Income.

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Financing for the complex of one- and two-bedroom apartmentsincluded funding from the Community Redevelopment Agency of LosAngeles and the Los Angeles Housing Department. Combined withfunding from the California Department of Housing and CommunityDevelopment Infill Infrastructure Grant, and the Housing Authorityof the County of Los Angeles. Equity is being provided by HudsonHousing Capital, and the construction and permanent financinglender is Citibank, N.A. Amcal General Contractors is the generalcontractor for the project, which is scheduled for completion inspring 2012.

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In addition to the one- and two-bedroom units, the complex willfeature a community room with kitchenette and lounge, centralizedlaundry facilities, landscaped common area with barbeque grills andoutdoor seating. Its location South Park and Junipero Serra Libraryis also near a grocery store and medical offices. Like all Amcaldevelopments, it will provide free social services for residentsincluding computer training, education, legal referrals, taxpreparation referrals, and health and nutrition programs.

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