PARKS + OPEN SPACE
LA VALENTINA STATION
LOCATION Sacramento CLIENT Bridge Housing
For more than two decades, a high-crime light-rail station stopping at a toxic empty lot; now, a sustainable affordable family housing development and new gateway to downtown. La Valentina Station brings 63-units of affordable rental housing for families to a previously desolate city site. The development bolsters the local sewer, electrical and storm-water infrastructure and brings compact, transit-oriented homes to the neglected area. Facing the Alkali Flat/La Valentina light-rail platform, the building takes a strong stand along the rail line, balancing security and porosity by putting eyes on the street with private balconies, an outdoor lobby and stair tower, and glassed bridge ways that create transparency at all levels and on all sides of the site.
Architect: David Baker + Partners Architects