R.D. Olson Construction Completes $24 Million Affordable Mixed-Use Development in Los Angeles

October 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES– R.D. Olson Construction, an award-winning general contracting firm in California, has completed construction on The Curve at West Angeles, a 70-unit, 80,000-square-foot affordable mixed-use community in the Park Mesa Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The art deco-style project is a joint venture between Related California and West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and features 2,000 square feet of retail space in addition to 50,000 square feet of affordable housing.

The five-story community features 24 studios and 45 one-bedrooms ranging from 400 to 630 square feet, as well as one manager’s apartment. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with EnergyStar appliances, disability access and a balcony or patio. Amenities include a community room and kitchen, laundry facility, gated parking and bike storage. A fourth floor skydeck offers sweeping views of downtown LA, and a second-floor courtyard offers an outdoor seating and gathering area for residents.

“The Curve at West Angeles will provide much-needed affordable housing for local seniors, and we are proud to be part of a project that will be so meaningful for the Park Mesa Heights community,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “R.D. Olson Construction’s extensive experience in hospitality helped us bring an elevated eye for detail, quality and aesthetics to this project, creating a functional yet beautiful living environment for residents to enjoy.”

The first-floor retail portion of the project can accommodate up to three tenants and West Angeles Community Development Corporation also has a boardroom and leasing office onsite.

Located at 5414 Crenshaw Blvd., the independent living community is just blocks away from Destination Crenshaw, a new 1.3-mile long outdoor art and cultural experience that celebrates the area’s heritage as the largest black community west of the Mississippi River. The Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, which is currently under construction, will have a stop less than a block away, providing convenient access to Inglewood and the Los Angeles International Airport for residents.

The community is 100% affordable and restricted to ages 62 and above. R.D. Olson Construction worked with KFA Architects and Mannigan Design on the project.

Additional affordable projects from R.D. Olson Construction include Citrine Apartments in Sonoma County, Citrea Apartments in Fullerton, Avanti Apartments in Calabasas and Fairways Apartments in San Jose.

Founded by Bob Olson in 1979 and led by President Bill Wilhelm, R.D. Olson Construction commemorates 40 years of building and is one of the top 40 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder of hotel properties for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, and Starwood and has a robust portfolio of renovation projects including Atria Senior Housing, Chapman University’s Reeves Hall, the conversion of the historic Bank of Italy Building into the Nomad Hotel, and more. The firm also has a rich history as a builder of office, retail, restaurant, multi-family, education, senior living and recreational projects.


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