Parkmerced Housing Redevelopment
In the 1950s, this 150-acre housing development was built to provide housing after World War II. The development, composed of 12-story towers surrounded by low-rise cottage housing units set within a pastoral landscape setting, has remained largely unchanged since its original construction.
Parkmerced is now in the process of being transformed and updated with the addition of new housing units, sustainability and water reuse goals, and a transformed landscape setting. The exterior areas were characterized by worn planting and excessive lawn areas. The goals of the redesign include updating the planting to provide distinctive character throughout the development while reducing the irrigation and maintenance demands. The landscape redesign also includes new amenities for the community residents, including children’s play areas, community gardens, flexible green open space, and community BBQ and dining terraces.
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