Anaheim, CA

Buena Esperanza

Jamboree Housing Corporation

Anaheim’s first motel to housing conversion under the City’s Motel Conversion Ordinance, serving as a model for other municipalities.

Jamboree Housing, in partnership with the City of Anaheim and others, transformed an old two-story EconoLodge Motel into 69 affordable studio units with full on-site supportive services for veterans, individuals with mental illness and people experiencing homelessness.

The community’s name was taken from a ranch that once occupied the site. Buena Esperanza translates to “The Good Hope”, which is what it represents to its residents today. This adaptive reuse project demonstrates the transformative power of housing redevelopment that uplifts the community as well as the people that benefit from living there. This welcoming apartment community is near public transportation and shopping, and features a community center and garden as well as onsite resident services.

Fuscoe Engineering’s design solutions for the project included:

  • surgical match-up to existing utilities
  • drainage/water quality BMPs
  • raised planters with bio-retention flowthrough under the parking lot
  • pervious pavers
  • drought tolerant landscaping
Outstanding Social Service Project, American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch (ASCE OC)