|Marco Ramos, Executive Director
|Harbor Village Community Center
981 Harbor Village Drive
Harbor City CA 90710
Normont Terrace Coordinating Council is dedicated to providing individuals
the tools to help them improve their quality of life though educational
programs, employment, job training or charitable services. NTCC is
committed to empowering the community by cultivating the economic,
educational and social levels.
Harbor Village Community
A model for the redevelopment of obsolete public housing and revitalization
of a depressed neighborhood, Harbor Village was built on a 35.4 acre
site in Harbor City that was known as Normont Terrace. The old
housing project contained 400 units of wartime-era public housing that
was in such bad shape it was cheaper to tear it down and start over
than it was to fix it.
A very unique community, Harbor Village combines 400 Section 8 low-income units
and 224 homes for sale.
The firm that was ultimately chosen for the project was
The Related Companies. Headquartered in New York City, it is the fourth-largest
owner of multi-family housing in the U.S. and one of the largest
developers of government-subsidized housing.
The Harbor Village Project
was different from the start. First of all, The Related Companies and
the residents became co-general partners; residents would have input
and decision-making in every phase of the project. Secondly, employment
opportunities created by the development project were extended to residents,
including access to apprentice training programs through the Los Angeles
County Building Trades. And, if that were not enough, the development
mixes low-income housing with affordable middle-income housing. For-sale,
single-family detached homes (224 of them) were interspersed with the
400 Section 8 apartments. The development consists of 9 to 18 units
per building, with 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units that are equipped with
wall to wall carpeting, window treatments, refrigerator, stove, washer,
dryer, and dishwasher. Regardless of income, the housing looks the same.