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Excitement grows for The Groves

WHITTIER – Real excited about our Groves at Whittier project! I had a chance to go on site last week and see the new model homes that are under construction.


Since 2003 we have been working on this blighted former Nelles California Youth Authority property becoming part of the Whittier tax base and to now hear the sound of hammers providing new housing for Whittier is very exciting for me! There will be a number of market rate offerings for homeownership starting in the $400,000’s up to the $800,000’s…all the way from starter homes to retirement villas (and comfortable apartment options too!).


Especially poignant was viewing the former Chapels Building which housed church services for the Catholic and Protestant wards. As a volunteer going into Nelles, visiting the wards and doing Bible study for almost 10 years, standing inside the exquisitely and beautifully rehabilitated chapel building was both moving and bittersweet…remembering a number of the youthful wards that we spent hours and hours with in the Building, brought back many memories. But I digress…


The formally named “Chapels” building is now “The Commons.” It has been exquisitely repurposed with an eye toward detail that will overwhelm you when you see it and use it. The former Protestant chapel is the new event center for weddings, meetings, etc. which can be used by the general public. The other part of The Commons will house amenities for the residents of The Groves with an attached beautiful new swimming pool now under construction.


Opening of the models is slated for April and they are right on schedule. The commercial/retail will follow within a year.


Bottom line…this long-awaited and over $300 million new project for our community is going to raise the property values in all of West Whittier and provide a key gateway for new opportunities in Uptown. Welcome to The Groves!

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