A ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday for The Whittier, a 60-unit affordable housing complex that will rise four-stories above Whittier Boulevard near Esperanza Street in Boyle Heights. But Retirement Housing Foundation is now working to finance a second affordable housing project on the same block down the street from Odd Fellows Cemetery. Unlike the $24 million Whittier apartments, which are geared to low-income families, the second project, the 78-unit Las Alturas, will house senior citizens. Together the pair of four-story buildings will dramatically alter the look of a block that had been dominated by one-story auto repairs shops and parking lots.
Retirement Housing Foundation spokeswoman Chris Ragon said the firm should know by April if it will receive the necessary federal tax credits to help build Las Alturas. If the tax credits are awarded, construction on Las Alturas could begin next spring.
In addition to The Whitter, which will include a community room, outdoor recreation area and a level of parking, and Las Alturas, Retirement Housing Foundation has built two other affordable housing projects in Boyle Heights: Heights: the 75-unit Rio Vista Village for families and Colonia Jess Lopez, which includes 88 apartments for seniors.