1601 N. Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
In January, nonprofit housing developer, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), opened Coronel Apartments, thus creating 54 units of desperately needed affordable housing in east Hollywood. The apartment complex, which blends rehabilitation and new construction, is a great example of urban infill, which is an inherently sustainable approach to development.
Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA) incorporated an existing 1920’s Pueblo-style house into the design. The two-story house was completely renovated to provide two housing units. Behind it, two 4-story new construction apartment buildings provide the remaining 52 units. The development contains one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as an underground parking garage, and is affordable to households earning at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). Six units are reserved for extremely low-income households earning at or below 30% of AMI.
HCHC and KFA have prioritized sustainable design in Coronel Apartments. The building integrates many environmentally sustainable features, including solar thermal water heating, drought tolerant landscaping, and energy efficient lighting and appliances. These features will contribute to the achievement of a Leadership in Energy an Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. HCHC is seeking Platinum LEED-certification for this project, which is the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC awards LEED certification based on the project’s implementation of innovative sustainable design and the requirements of eight environmental categories. Residents of Coronel will benefit from the amenity-rich neighborhood of Hollywood. The project is within walking distance of a number of public transportation options, employment opportunities, grocery stores, health service options, and others. HCHC will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Coronel Apartments in August.