LOS ANGELES — September 17, 2018 —

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to Honor Holly Robinson Peete, The La Galaxy, and Watt Companies at 2018 Los Angeles Builders Ball.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will honor Holly Robinson Peete, The LA Galaxy, and Watt Companies at its 2018 Los Angeles Builders Ball to be held on Thursday, September 27 at the Beverly Hilton. This annual event celebrates outstanding individuals and companies that share Habitat LA’s commitment to revitalizing and transforming the landscape of Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing the organization’s counterparts in building and real estate related industries, this event also raises funds and awareness for Habitat LA’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign to empower low-income families by building strength and stability through homeownership.

“The 2018 Los Angeles Builder’s Ball honorees are true change makers and we are thrilled to honor them,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO, Habitat LA. “Their commitment to serve the greater Los Angeles community and their personal involvement with Habitat LA has made a significant impact in the lives of our current and future homeowners and neighbors across LA County.” The distinguished 2018 honorees include:

– Holly Robinson Peete will receive the Dream Builder Award in recognition for her commitment to helping those in need through the HollyRod Foundation, which provides compassionate care and services to underserved individuals and families that are financially and emotionally affected by autism and Parkinson’s disease. Holly has volunteered with Habitat LA several times and has served as its National Women Build Week spokeswomen.

– The LA Galaxy will receive the Foundation Builder Award in recognition of their commitment to helping those in need through the LA Galaxy Foundation. The LA Galaxy Foundation is dedicated to assisting the community through soccer programming that promotes inclusion for all athletes, education opportunities, and a strong spirit of volunteerism. The LA Galaxy has been an important partner and long-time supporter of Habitat LA for nearly a decade.

Watt Companies, one of the nation’s largest owners, developers, and managers of commercial real estate on the West Coast, will receive the Builder of the Year Award for their commitment to creating holistic communities to work and grow, while incorporating quality and innovation. Since their founding, Watt Companies has been committed to finding solutions to resolve the homelessness crisis and the Watt family has a strong continued commitment to affordable housing solutions.

The 2018 Los Angeles Builders Ball will feature a VIP reception, followed by dinner and special musical performance by world-famous percussionist and entertainer, Sheila E.

This year’s event is made possible by the generous support of many sponsors including Platinum Sponsors: Bank of America, Watt Companies and EY, Red Carpet Sponsor: Los Angeles Magazine, as well as Gold Sponsors: AECOM, Centennial, City National Bank, Eisner Law Firm, Faithful Central Bible Church, George Smith Partners, KPMG, the Lelia Fund, Majestic Reality Co., Parking Company of America, Proskauer, Wally and Erin Rank, Southern California Edison, So Cal Gas, Trammell Crow Company, The Valdes Family, Jim and Beth Zachary, ZGF Architects, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, and Zurich.
Past honorees include: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Morley Builders, Quincy Jones, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Luc Robitaille, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Mauricio Umansky, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America, and Trammell Crow Company.

Habitat LA has built, renovated or repaired more than 1,300 homes in Los Angeles and around the globe, helping to transform the lives of thousands of Angelenos. By 2020, Habitat LA has a goal to invest $100 million into revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing access to affordable homeownership and home repair opportunities. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.

2018 Los Angeles Builders Ball Committee includes: Co-Chair, Raul Salinas, AlvaradoSmith; Co-Chair, Brad Cox, Trammell Crow Company; Michele Blay, Goodwin; Terri Haack, Terranea Resort; Carl Jordan, U.S. Bank; Jan Karl, Morley Builders; Christina Lee, Trammell Crow Company; John Manganiello, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Tammy McGuiness, KPMG; Michelle Meghrouni, Southern California Gas Company; Dane Treister, Seyfarth Shaw; and Araceli Villegas, Ringstar Sports.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available online for this annual sell-out event. For questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Helen Dosta, Director of Development at hdosta(at)habitatla.org or (424) 246-3653.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,300 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit http://www.habitatla.org.

By IvyLee Rosario — 12 September 2018 —

Dubbed New Heights, the gated community in West Hills will comprise 43 homes. Vertical construction of the $25 million project is slated to begin in December 2018.

Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital has broken ground on a new gated community in Los Angeles’ West Hills neighborhood, in the San Fernando Valley. Dubbed New Heights, the property will comprise 43 single-family homes. This development marks Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital’s fifth joint venture project. The 1.9-acre site was acquired back in May.

Located at 22135 Roscoe Blvd., the lots will range in size from 1,900 to 2,290 square feet at the site. The property is situated within 30 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. Vertical construction of the $25 million community is slated to begin in December 2018.

“With its beautiful rolling hills and tranquil lifestyle, West Hills is one of the hottest sleeper markets in the Los Angeles metro area, and we’re pleased we can relieve the pressure on homebuyers with this beautiful new neighborhood,” said Nam Joe, division president for Watt Communities, in a prepared statement. “We are anticipating high interest in this new community.”

Last summer, a joint venture between Presidio Residential Capital and Family Development won city approval to develop a $451 million master-planned community in Riverside County, Calif. The 660-acre project will include 1,300 townhomes, condominiums, apartments and single-family homes, as well as 284 acres of open space and public parkland and a 2.5-acre commercial center.

Citrus Heights, California — 4 September 2018 — After the city’s planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend the go ahead, Mitchell Farms was unanimously approved by the City of Citrus Heights on August 23rd.

Located off Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights, Mitchell Farms will be a remarkable lifestyle community. The project is carefully designed and priced to meet the needs of first time and move up buyers. Features will include luxury residences in a wide variety of styles, along with open space, trails and outdoor amenities.

Mitchell Farms is comprised of approximately 56 acres and is planned for 261 single family residences. The project is contiguous to existing residential development and is considered one of the few remaining infill residential opportunities in Citrus Heights. Lot sizes will range from 4,000 to 16,000 sq. ft. This long planned development will offer housing opportunities and amenities not currently available in Citrus Heights.

Mitchell Farms will feature ample open space, parks and trails. This new community will be a short distance to grocery and specialty retail stores,  a 5- minute drive to Hwy 80 and is planned with a focus on water conservation and energy efficiency.

The proposed project will include a mix of residential uses located on approximately 32 acres and will accommodate approximately 663 residents. It will consist of five villages along the periphery of the site with a mix of three different housing types: 110 paseo units (alley-loaded single-family units), 72 patio units (groups of 2 to 8 single-family units accessed from a central alley), and 78 traditional housing units. The remaining 23 acres in the central portion of the site, including the creek corridor, would be devoted to recreational areas and open space uses including a trail system.

According to Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities, construction will likely begin in spring of 2019 and homes would be completed about 12 months later.

Proposed 260-unit Mitchell Farms development.