Twenty-five families were officially welcomed home last week during a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of El Sereno’s newest affordable and green housing development, the Cuatro Vientos Apartments.
Built by the East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC), the apartments replace a vacant hillside lot on North Huntington Drive.
“I am very excited to be living here with my family, it’s beautiful” said Maria de Jesus Rodriguez, one of the new tenants.
The apartment complex’s 25 units vary in size, ranging from one to four bedrooms. Funded with an Enterprise Green Communities construction grant, Cuatro Vientos is an Enterprise Green Communities-certified property. Each unit was designed to maximize daylight, has formaldehyde-free cabinets, non-VOC paints and energy-efficient windows and fixtures.
The community, which cost $13.1 million to construct, houses families that earn between 30 and 50 percent of the area’s median income.
ELACC’s president Maria Cabildo thanked all of the financing partners and construction team and recognized the Ford Family who sold the property to ELACC.
Councilmember Jose Huizar said Cuatro Vientos was a great addition to the community.
“ELACC has turned what was once a vacant property into a place where families can live, play and call home,” he said.