Athens Vistas Groundbreaking

Photo by Martin Zamora/Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led a groundbreaking ceremony for Athens Vistas Apartments, which will provide affordable housing for homeless and low-income seniors in unincorporated Athens when completed in late 2018.

Located at 1300 W. 105th Street, the development will feature 73 affordable and accessible one-bedroom units, half of which will be designated for formerly homeless individuals.

“The project will transform this property from a long-time blight to one of community pride,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said at the groundbreaking ceremony. He added the community should also anticipate new trees, parks and road improvements, as well as improvements to local business along Vermont Avenue and workforce development opportunities.

Chairman Ridley-Thomas noted 2,000 affordable housing units have been built in the Second District since he took office in 2008. Another 1,000 units are in the pipeline.

“Given that Los Angeles County has a shortage of 500,000 affordable housing units, projects like Athens Vistas Apartments are critical to addressing our crisis of homelessness,” he added.

The Salvation Army, the lead service provider at Athens Vistas, will link residents with essential services based on their individual needs. This will include case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling and other supportive services.

The Los Angeles County Housing Development Corp. and Veloce Partners Inc. are developing the project, with the Birba Group as architect and Walton Construction as general contractor.