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Planning is underway for the fourth and final phase of the New Dana Strand Village, a 20-acre affordable housing project from nonprofit developers Mercy Housing California and Abode Communities.  The initial three phases of the development opened between 2006 and 2012, replacing a decaying residential complex in Wilmington with a mix of 336 townhouses, one-bedroom apartments and senior-reserved units.  Design work is being handled by Van Tilburg, Banyard & Soderbergh, in collaboration with in-house talent at Abode Communities.

The final build-out of the New Dana Strand Village focuses on eight vacant parcels, located along Wilmington Boulevard, Hawaiian Avenue and West C Street.  The project's case filing with the Department of City Planning calls for a total of 176 residential units, to be constructed in two sub-phases designated IV-A and IV-B.  Both sub-phases would consist of four distinct properties, divided by West D Street.

Phase four of the Village is oriented towards families, and will thus feature multi-bedroom dwellings and ample amenity space.  According to a document from the Wilmington Neighborhood Council, residential units will consist entirely of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, all of which will be affordable to families with annual income between $25,000 and $50,000.  Amenities will include on-site laundry equipment, a 1,500 square foot community room, and multiple courtyards, barbeque pits and children's play areas.

Plans for the New Dana Strand Village have evolved significantly over the past decade.  Back in 2005, the project's master plan called for the construction of 77 single-family residences in its final phase.  However, changing market conditions prompted the Los Angeles Housing Authority to rethink its goals for Dana Strand.  Demand for affordable housing increased dramatically during the course the recession, while the viability of single-family homes plummeted over the same time period.  As a result, the revised development program has more than doubled phase four's proposed residential density.
 

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