The Brandywine Homes - “The Orchards” Neighborhood was completed and closed escrow in January 2015. The Orchards housing project was constructed on a four-acre site of a former commercial center on Alondra Boulevard east of Escalona Road.
The gated community is comprised of 41 detached, single-family two-story homes ranging from 1,995 to 2,720 square feet. The homes feature three to four bedrooms, two and a half to three and a half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Exterior architectural elements are designed to complement the neighborhood, including extensive use of stucco wall surfaces, wood siding, window shutters, brick veneers and flat tiled roofs. New sidewalk, curb and gutter, and landscape treatments were also added along Alondra Boulevard, Escalona Road, and Dalmatian Avenue.
The City’s Crossroad Center is the first development along the corridor to follow the Specific Plan guidelines. The Center opened a Walgreens Pharmacy drug store and a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store. The Center also opened new eateries including Jersey Mike's, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Waba Grill, and Pieology Pizzeria. The revitalized shopping center will improve the local economy and create local job opportunities for residents and surrounding communities.
I-5 Freeway Corridor
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pursuing widening the I-5 Freeway from its current six-lane to a ten-lane freeway through the cities of Buena Park, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Downey and Commerce. The purpose of widening the freeway is to enhance capacity since traffic conditions are expected to worsen.
City staff is also in currently drafting a specific plan for the I-5 Corridor to promote quality architecture and building design as well as the I-5 Corridor's regional attraction.