Bloomington Grove Project Opens

Bloomington is in the final phase of their multigenerational affordable housing project.

Bloomington, CA — The third and final phase of the Bloomington Grove project, a mixed-use affordable and permanent supportive housing development designed by Withee Malcolm – A BSB Design Studio, has opened. The ribbon cutting ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, brought together current and future residents, the design and development team, and local public figures to celebrate the completion of the final 98 units of a public-private partnership between developer Related California and the County of San Bernardino.

As part of the event, Stan Smith, Vice President of Development for Related California noted,

“When we build a facility like this, we have 3,000 families on a waiting list within a month; 3,000 families clamoring to try to get the opportunity to live in a community like this. We always build to this amazing and high-level standard.”

Located fifty miles east of Los Angeles in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, the Bloomington Grove project serves as the specific plan anchor for this former industrial site. With a mix of community-minded services and intergenerational housing options, the development has delivered on the County’s promise for more affordable housing options and while catalyzing the evolution of a sustainable community.

With the completion of the third phase, Bloomington Grove, built on 9 acres, now offers a total of 190 units of affordable family housing geared towards families. The project also incorporates Lillian Court, a low-income community for those aged 55 and over also designed by

Withee Malcolm – A BSB Design Studio. Community-centric amenities include a new 6,500-square- foot public library, a suite of social services, and multiple recreational areas.

The 98 affordable apartments of Bloomington III are nestled around a community building with computer lab and laundry area, two tot lots and barbeque areas. Twenty apartments have been reserved for special needs residents through direct referrals from the County of San Bernardino Department of Mental Health and the Inland Empire Health Plan.

Onsite social services for residents will be provided by PATH and the Boys and Girls Club of Fontana, and include educational, health
and wellness classes, along with computer training and financial literacy. In addition to the residential component, the development includes a new 8,500 square foot public park community center that will provide facilities and services for a public park located to the north of the development, currently finalizing construction.

Celeste Rodriguez, a resident of the community noted,

“We live in a beautiful 3 – bedroom apartment in Bloomington Grove, where formerly we were living in a 1-bedroom apartment. We thought about moving out of state but our families are here and we knew we would miss them dearly. When we got the call from the leasing office it could not have been a better time…the opportunity to live here has been even better than we could have imagined. Our apartment offers plenty of space, we have a patio where we feel safe leaving our kids, and a variety of outdoor playground areas for the kids to play.