VA West LA Campus – Building 207
Historical Renovation Project
VA Building 207 is a 60-unit, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project located on the VA Campus dedicated to housing formerly homeless senior veterans. The historic building is the first of over 20 veteran housing and supportive services buildings planned for the West LA VA North Campus and was renovated, fully furnished, “move-in” ready, and includes amenities such as a central community space, computer room, fitness room, central laundry facilities, onsite management offices, a leasing office, and case workers’ offices. This project is the first of its kind in terms of public private partnership; the VA used an enhanced use lease with a private developer (The Veteran Collective) to build homes strictly for veterans. The project consisted of unique design strategies and heavy stakeholder coordination to design infrastructure beyond it’s useful life, existing fire hydrant infrastructure incapable of meeting modern code, and stormwater management using the VA’s Phase II MS4 and State Historic Preservation Office comments on the historic site (exterior site in addition to the building). Although the project was difficult to navigate at times, the team worked hard to execute the vision of Building 207 and ultimately was successful in providing much-needed housing for our veterans.