San Bernadino, Calfornia Affordable Housing / Senior + Special Needs / Mixed Use / TOD / Master Planning
Built as military housing in 1943, Waterman Gardens consists of one and two story buildings laid out on winding streets, isolated from the surrounding neighborhoods. Working closely with the San Bernardino Housing Authority, the existing residents, neighbors, and multiple stakeholders from community, PYATOK shaped a phased master plan that reconnects the 28-acre site to the surrounding neighborhood and replaces the existing units with 411 mixed income units organized into clusters of 23-30 units. The plan emphasizes social interaction, healthy outdoor activities, and the maximum retention of existing residents. The community is linked by continuous pedestrian and bike routes bordered by informal gathering areas. A large community center designed by ELS Architects provides recreation and educational facilities and a new public presence on Waterman Boulevard. Redevelopment of Waterman Gardens is expected to lead to a total investment in excess of $100 million dollars over three to six years, serving as a major catalyst for change in the larger neighborhood.