Santa Ana, Calif. (June 3, 2013) -- Related California, the City of Santa Ana Redevelopment and community members celebrated the grand opening of Triada Court, Triada Gardens and Triada Village, which together form a new community of affordable apartment homes in the Lacy Neighborhood of the Santa Ana Station District.
The new apartment community includes 114 new apartment homes on scattered sites in a combination of new construction and historic rehabilitation. Together they make up the first major development to complete construction under the City’s new Transit Zoning Code which promotes transit-oriented development in the area surrounding the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC).
“This project serves as an extraordinary example of Santa Ana’s commitment to provide quality affordable housing for the community as an outgrowth of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to planning and development. Careful planning, selection of the right development team, and the involvement of the community has created a remarkable housing opportunity, one that adds to the vitality of the neighborhood and city as a whole,” Mayor Miguel Pulido.
The City of Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency selected related California, along with Joint Venture Partner Griffin Realty Corporation in 2009 through a competitive Request for Qualifications Process as Master Developer for the Station District. The Station District, which encompasses 94 acres of land to the west of the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and is generally situated within in the Lacy neighborhood, has been a focal point of City and County transportation, infrastructure and transit-oriented development planning.
“Related is very proud of this development, which is our first partnership with the City of Santa Ana,” said Bill Witte, Related California’s president and CEO. “As a company committed to building the highest quality affordable housing, sustainable infill development, and revitalizing communities, we are excited about this project and the larger vision it begins to implement in the Station District.”
“There is a tremendous need for affordable family housing in our community where overcrowding and substandard housing conditions are all too prevalent for our low income families,” said Councilwoman Michele Martinez. “The opening of this development means so much to our community because it symbolizes hope and the American dream.”
According to Witte, one of the most outstanding aspects and unique challenges of project design was planning development on 10 City-owned sites scattered throughout the existing Lacy neighborhood. The project’s design was driven both by respect for the existing neighborhood context and promoting transit/pedestrian oriented urban building forms. It also included a historic rehabilitation component. “This is a unique neighborhood which necessitated a unique development solution,” said Witte, “We are pleased to have had such a successful collaboration with the City and the community to make the vision a reality.”
“Triada is great example of a successful private and public redevelopment partnership that enhances the quality of life for lower income families and improves neighborhoods in the City of Santa Ana. Having addressed the community's priorities through a collaborative planning process, this development process has really created a cohesive community by providing important neighborhood amenities to residents, such as an on-site child care center and a community center at the neighborhood school,” added Cesar Covarrubias, Executive Director of the Kennedy Commission.
Collaboration with the community as part of this effort has also resulted in additional Station District improvement projects that the City has recently completed or initiated. These include the Lacy neighborhood Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - funded sewer and water improvements as well as the upgrading of street lighting fixtures in conjunction with Southern California Edison to help improve nighttime safety conditions. A 10,000 square foot Community Center is also being developed in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District at Garfield Elementary School. The community center is expected to open in ____2013.
The apartment community’s three components include: