Next Phase of Waterman Gardens Revitalization Revealed
The grand opening will be held September 28th for a key phase of the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization, a robust public-private partnership that is helping to transform San Bernardino, one of America’s most challenged cities.
Olive Meadow at Arrowhead Grove, featuring 62 high-quality affordable apartment homes, represents the first on-site redevelopment phase of the former Waterman Gardens public housing development in San Bernardino. The first off-site phase, Valencia Vista, opened last year and recently was honored with a National Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
In all, Arrowhead Grove will include 400-plus new housing units, community centers, an enhanced focus on education and healthy living, and supportive services to end the cycle of poverty. It is the lynchpin of the Waterman+Baseline Neighborhood Specific Plan, a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for the broader community that will include 1.2 million square feet of new employment and commercial space and 2,400 new housing units.
The Arrowhead Grove revitalization is being led by National Community Renaissance (National CORE), one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit community builders, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the Hope through Housing Foundation and the Clancy Co.
Additional partners include the Ahmanson Foundation, California State University-San Bernardino, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Housing Partners I Inc., Loma Linda University Health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Wells Fargo Bank.
“The transformation that is occurring in and around Arrowhead Grove is a great example of the power of collective impact and how a well-planned, well-designed and well-managed housing community can be a catalyst for positive change for an entire city,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE.
“With each new phase Arrowhead Grove is reshaping the landscape and redefining the community at large,” said Maria Razo, the Housing Authority’s Executive Director. “We’re thrilled for the families who are moving into Olive Meadow, and eagerly look forward to the continued redevelopment of this vital neighborhood.”