Meta Housing Corporation has announced the completion of the Cabrillo Family Apartments, a new mixed-use development in the City of Torrance.

The project, motivated by Southern California's need for affordable housing, replaces a dilapidated commercial structure at 1640 Cabrillo Avenue.  The new residential-retail complex consists of a three-story structure, featuring 44 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and approximately 3,700 square feet of ground-level retail space.  Amenities include private balconies, a community room, a recreation deck and a 7,500-square-foot courtyard.

The Cabrillo, which was built to LEED Gold Certification standards, features a contemporary design from Y&M Architects.  The Los Angeles-based firm has collaborated with Meta Housing on numerous projects, including the recently completed Pacific Avenue Arts Colony.

Funding for the multi-family complex was provided by the Synergy Community Development Corporation, the City of Torrance, Bank of America, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit