Inclusionary Affordable Housing in Upscale Brea, CA
OC workforce units in Blackstone public/private partnership
Bonterra is an integral part of Blackstone, an upscale 800-acre master-planned community built on a hillside with nearly 50 formerly active oil wells. When complete, the master-planned community will include seven neighborhoods, a city sports park, and 560 acres of preserved open space in the City of Brea. This affordable housing property seamlessly integrates with other housing choices in this jobs-rich area of Orange County.
Jamboree transformed a recovered oil field into Bonterra, a high quality affordable housing community that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Gold certified. Features of the exceptional sustainable profile at Bonterra include water efficiency in all homes and an outstanding landscape irrigation system, as well as the development’s overall project density that preserved open space for the adjacent parcel of land as a preservation habitat for Gnatcatcher birds. Homes offer exceptional views, high-quality, eco-friendly finishes/materials and energy-saving features.
The development of Bonterra required an extensive and unusual public/private partnership with exceptional vision and flexibility from multiple and diverse funding sources that spanned nearly a decade. It required that Jamboree provide local infrastructure for Blackstone’s master developers. Under an agreement with these market-rate developers, Jamboree paid the upfront costs to build out the site and the surrounding infrastructure to support it – roads, sewers, traffic signals, etc.
Bonterra moves forward the City of Brea’s long-term commitment to provide a full spectrum of housing, especially given the City’s jobs-rich landscape. Twice as many people work in Brea as live there. Bonterra exemplifies a unified vision of a resourceful public/private partnership between Jamboree and the City of Brea. It exemplifies a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly design solution to the creative use of land for a challenging site, and creates a vision of a higher design standard in Southern California to complement neighboring market-rate, multifamily properties.