Withee Malcolm staff joined LINC Housing and representatives of the community and other members of the building team to celebrate the grand opening of Mosaic Gardens at Willowbrook. The $20 million, 61-unit affordable housing community for low-income families and formerly homeless households is located in the unincorporated area of Willowbrook, California.
Mosaic Gardens at Willowbrook includes a playground, a community room, laundry facilities, 85 parking spaces, a computer lab and a fitness room. The two buildings are interconnected by open space to encourage walking and socialization. The community features 37 one-, 11 two- and 13 three-bedroom units. Half of the apartments are reserved for households that are homeless and frequent users of the Department of Health Services.
Community gardens are available for families to grow their own food. The property includes LEED and ENERGY STAR features such as energy-efficient light fixtures, drought tolerant plants and high-efficiency irrigation. Built on an abandoned 2-acre lot, donated in part by Los Angeles County, the two buildings are on track to be LEED certified to the Platinum level.
Monica Meija, director of housing development at LINC Housing, spoke to the importance of teamwork on the project. "Withee Malcolm was a great collaborator as things always come up during the building process. They were always there to address the problems with cost effective solutions."
Other team members included Studio One Eleven and Walton Construction.
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