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Jordan Downs remake is approved

OW Staff Writer | 6/16/2016, midnight

After years of setbacks, the federal government has approved the proposed redevelopment of the Jordan Downs public housing complex in Watts.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval clears the way for construction, which is anticipated to begin at the 49-acre site later this year.

The project will result in 1,410 new housing units, parks and commercial space. The first phase involves 250 new affordable housing units, two acres of parks, a community center and 120,000 square feet of retail space.

“With this approval, we are one step closer to a new Jordan Downs that will transform this neighborhood and spur revitalization across the community,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

HACLA President and CEO Douglas Guthrie called the approval “a big win for the residents and the Watts community.”

“The process of trying to rebuild and transform public housing in Los Angeles is challenging, but a firm commitment by this agency coupled with the residents’ motivation to create a thriving community has made this possible,” he said.