The opening of the Pueblo del Sol housing development in 2003, replacing the Aliso Village public housing complex, marked a turning point in the historic East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The community that has offered a second chance to generations of immigrants from around the world has finally been granted an opportunity for its own revitalization.
In 1998 the city received a HOPE VI grant to demolish the 685-unit Aliso Village, which had deteriorated beyond repair. Pueblo del Sol replaces the former public housing with an attractive mixed income community consisting of 377 rental units and 93 home ownership units. The two, three and four bedroom apartments are spacious, light-filled and energy-efficient. The $76 million development includes two community centers with an exercise room, a Computer Learning classroom, an outdoor pool and a new park with play equipment.
Pueblo del Sol was developed through a joint partnership, between McCormack Baron Salazar, The Related Companies of California, The Lee Group, Inc., and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provided $23 million in HOPE VI funding and AIG SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners provided low income housing tax credits equity.
The site is adjacent to a Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Light Rail Station and surrounds Utah Elementary School, an important community asset that includes an auditorium for community theater productions. The site also benefits from proximity to a new high school, The Méndez Learning Center, which focuses on science curriculum.