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Watts: Townhomes replace old Jordan Downs Housing Project

The redevelopment will also create 115,000 square feet of retail space

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New housing, retail, parks, no residential displacement; first move-ins Sept. 2018

LOS ANGELES — The redevelopment of the Jordan Downs Housing Development in Watts is in full swing. The City of Los Angeles is doubling the amount of housing from 700 units to 1,400 units without displacing any of the current residents and using a local hire program for the buildout.

The redevelopment will also create 115,000 square feet of retail, extend Century Boulevard through the development, add park space, and a 50,000 square foot community center.

Jordan Downs is one of four housing projects in Watts originally developed as semi-permanent housing that largely served war industry workers and military families during the Second World War.

Jordan Downs converted to low-cost public housing in 1955, and gradually became known through the 1960s and beyond as one of the most dangerous projects in the city. The remaining Watts housing projects are Hacienda Village, Imperial Courts, and Nickerson Gardens.

It is not immediately known what plans if any, the city has for these sites.

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