Plans to build a towering, 56-unit affordable housing project on Eagle Rock Boulevard on the edge of Glassell Park have met with opposition and criticism from some residents. But the same developer, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS), has won wide spread praise for an affordable housing project in nearby Highland Park. Instead of new construction, WORKS renovated a compound of aging buildings known as Pisgah Village near Echo Street and Avenue 60. The cluster of buildings was connected to a religious movement started in 1895 by Finis Yoakum. After renovating the structures and building five new buildings in a similar style, Pisgah Village reopened in 2007 to provide 47 homes for low-income seniors amid flower gardens and vegetable patches. The project has been honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy and was recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times for its food program. Earlier this month, the California Preservation Foundation honored WORKS with a design award for its work on Pisgah Village.
* Update: Pisgah Village was also honored by the Highland Park Heritage Trust as an example of “sensitive preservation and infill housing.” Trust member Nicole Possert adds:
It should be noted that this particular property is in the Highland Park [Historic Preservation Overlay Zone] and was already listed as a California Register district. So, what could be done on this site had review at both the local and state level for appropriateness. For once, a preservation success story.
Photo from WORKS website