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L.A. Approves Specific Plan for Jordan Downs

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2013—The transformation and revitalization of Jordan Downs in Watts drew one step closer in April, when the Los Angeles City Council approved the Jordan Downs Specific Plan in a unanimous 12-0 vote. The plan has the ambitious goal of creating a vibrant urban village that will serve as a national model for the renewal of public housing.

In 2012, the team of The Michaels Organization and BRIDGE Housing was selected as Master Developer of Jordan Downs. Earlier, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, in conjunction with residents and a broad spectrum of stakeholders, initiated a plan to rebuild Jordan Downs into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.

The multi-phase effort calls for one-to-one replacement of the existing 700 public housing apartments and the addition of up to 1,400 affordable and market-rate homes, along with much needed neighborhood-serving retail, community centers and parks. BRIDGE and The Michaels Organization will also develop a comprehensive Human Capital Plan to provide family support, job training, and community programs for residents to move toward self-sufficiency.

“Our experience with large-scale public housing revitalization—such as at North Beach Place in San Francisco—demonstrates how we can enrich the fabric of communities, make wise use of land, and pair stable homes with the services people need to thrive and grow,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “We are excited to bring new opportunities to Jordan Downs residents and to Watts through this redevelopment.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said, "This will be a long-lasting legacy that will live for generations in Watts, and is the first step toward improving the quality of life for all families living at Jordan Downs, where improvements have been desperately needed for a long time."

The design of the Century Boulevard extension is under way and the development team is moving forward with securing funding commitments that would enable a first phase of housing to become a reality.

For more information about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com.

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