Community Space for Watts

Primestor, HACLA
Architect of Record
Tamika Butler Consulting, Watts Core Coalition, Watts Action Team, JAF Creative Solutions
Project Type
Community Organizing / Design Consultant

Designing in Color was hired as the Community Engagement lead on the new Community Space for Watts. An indoor and outdoor community center that will be located in Watts on a 6.5 acre property bordered by Century Blvd to the north, Juniper St to the east, 102nd St to the south and Lou Dillon Ave to the west on the redeveloped Jordan Downs public housing property.


Reimagine the process of participatory design with a majority BIPOC community in Watts on the design of a Community Center & Park on the site of a previous housing project.


Project was led by the developer Primstor, in partnership with HACLA (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles) and architecture firm RIOS. DCo was the Community Engagement Consultant with the help of our Core Coalition and Action Team.


DCo led the organizing of three community sessions through the end of Schematic & Design Development Phase of the Community Center. Each session had specific goal in engaging community members with a focus on education and providing opportunity for continued engagement in the design/development process

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