La Brea is a mixed-use affordable housing project in the City of West Hollywood, just outside Los Angeles. West Hollywood’s Inclusionary Housing Program requires that developers either reserve a percentage of new housing units for moderate and low-income households or contribute to the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. La Brea includes 32 apartments, all of which are reserved for low-income households; some units are also targeted to people with disabilities. The apartments are arranged around a shared, landscaped central courtyard. La Brea also includes street-level commercial space. A sculptural woven tower marks the building’s entrance.
In 2007, West Hollywood adopted one of the nation’s first mandatory green building ordinances. Accordingly, sustainable features are integral to the design of La Brea. The project’s developer, the non-profit West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, will be establishing a “Green Living Program” for residents, including composting and edible gardening.