Green Affordable Housing Comes To LA

Built to LEED standards, featuring innovative green tech and a futuristic parking system–affordable housing in Los Angeles doesn’t get any better than the Lotus Garden Apartments.

Affirmed Housing Group recently broke ground on this new development at Yale Street, which will serve families earning between 30%-60% of Los Angeles County’s median income. Rents ranging from $370 to $1,236 will keep costs within check for the 60 families who will live there, while an outdoor, rooftop recreation area featuring panoramic views of Los Angeles, a tot lot, a BBQ area, and gardening plots will support a high quality of life. (A resident manager will also be on hand to offer life enrichment classes and after-school homework assistance for residents.)

Lotus Garden

image via Affirmed Housing Group

Green features of the development include high-efficiency boilers and solar hot water. HVAC will be handled via individual heat pump/condenser and fan coil systems in each unit.

Another notable feature–Lotus Garden will be the first project in Southern California to use Harding Steel’s CARMATRIX semi-automated parking system, which allows users to park their cars on platforms. These platforms then can move vertically for a stacking effect, and horizontally to allow the car to be accessed at grade level.

The Lotus Garden development is expected to be complete in the spring of 2012.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.