The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) plans to transform the Rancho San Pedro (RSP) public housing site into a vibrant mixed-income/mixed-use community that interconnects with the neighborhood. HACLA will work collaboratively with RSP residents and community stakeholders to capitalize on the location and surrounding investments to create a public/private model that leads the country in innovation, community engagement and sustainability.

Revitalization goals include:

  • Design a high-quality mix of affordable and market rate rental apartments that reflects the desires and needs of the residents while assuring effective strategies that eliminate the displacement of existing residents and allow for the long-term retention of a mix of incomes.
  • Ensure environmental sustainability using green design practices and construction, optimal energy efficiency through the incorporation of water conservation, waste management and on-site renewable energy, and adherence to LEED and/or Green Communities certification standards.
  • Ensure the number of accessible units meets the need of existing and prospective residents; incorporate accessibility features compliant with all regulations during site planning and construction to make apartments adaptable to serve a variety of residents.
  • Develop a design that takes advantage of the waterfront views, provides a variety of building types and designs, and integrates new amenities with a focus on developing a healthy, vibrant community.

Rancho San Pedro Existing Site

Rancho San Pedro (RSP) currently includes 478 public housing units on 21.2 acres of land. The first phase was constructed in 1942 (284 units on 12.5 acres) for Defense Department industry workers and was then converted to public housing in 1952. After World War II (194 units on 8.7 acres) a second phase was added. RSP was constructed with cast-in- place concrete along raised first floors and conventional wood-framing above on the second floor, while the extension was built with conventional wood-framed structures on concrete slabs.

The footprints of the existing units are relatively small; there is only one bathroom per unit regardless of the number of bedrooms.

The physical needs were re-evaluated in August 2017 and total over $48 M in critical and non-critical costs. The building systems and infrastructure have reached the end of their useful life and the site suffers from leaking pipes and frequent sewer blockages.

Bedrooms Number of Units Square Feet
One 101 407 to 429
Two 258 646 to 750
Three 78 665 to 850
Four 30 815
Five 11 814 to 1,016


The site is currently zoned RD 1.5, Restricted Density Multiple Dwelling. It is expected that HACLA’s selected Developer will go through a specific plan and general plan amendment approval process with the City of LA, to redevelop the site at a greater density and building height.