Located in the working class, El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles, Cuatro Vientos, which means “Four Winds,” presented a unique challenge for developer East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC). The property stood vacant for many years and had become an eyesore for the community.
In addition, the site was long and narrow and developed on a hillside, all which made the construction of one continuous structure near impossible. As a solution ELACC developed three separate structures providing a total of 25 units, including one, two, three and four bedrooms.
ELACC was successful in creating a home for low income families and an environment that supports a productive, healthy and fulfilling life. The location also provides families access to a thriving neighborhood with many features including a public library, a community garden, parks, schools, clinics and grocery stores.
In addition, the project received an Enterprise Green Communities Certification for its use of native landscaping, water conserving appliances and fixtures, low/no VOC paints, primers, adhesives and sealants and green label certified floor covering.