East Leland Court | Pittsburg, CA

Interconnecting Community & Open Space on Infill Lot


East Leland is a 63 unit affordable housing development with a mix of flats and townhouses in three story buildings with units ranging from one to four bedrooms. A variety of paths and landscaped areas are provided throughout the courtyards and the site in order to allow a mix of outdoor activities for adults and children. In addition, there is a day care facility, common laundry, classroom, community room and administrative offices totaling approximately 5,000 square feet.


Establish an urban street presence with the day care center, while maintaining a strong connection to the outdoors between the courtyards and the units through back porches and living spaces.


To develop a long and narrow 3 acre infill site with approximately 60 units and a licensed day care facility, within a restrictive budget.


  • Individual ground level entries with private and semi-private front porches
  • Pedestrian scale street frontage
  • Interconnected courtyards with pedestrian pathways; play structure dedicated to day care
  • Direct unit access to common courtyards


  • Stormwater management
  • Solar powered attic fans
  • Linoleum, wheat boards, low VOC materials & paints
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Formaldehyde free insulation


  • Building size/acres: 78,000 sq.ft./ 3 acres
  • Density: 63 units/ 21 dua
  • Completion: May 2009

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP