Covina Bowl | Covina, CA
Flex Town & Towns/Flats
4.54 AC | 29.07 U/A
132 Units | 734 – 1,825 SF
Color & Materials
Originally built in 1955, Covina Bowl was a source of entertainment offering 50 lanes total for the Covina community to enjoy. It was full of life until its closing in 2017 when the bowling equipment was removed, and the building was left to the elements. Given the unique design and its deep-rooted significance for the city and history, the Los Angeles Conservancy named it the “most endangered” building in the Los Angeles area, subject to demolition.
Covina Bowl is a classic infill site, with challenging edge conditions, unique site configuration, higher than usual density goals, and of course, historically registered building adjacency. WHA planners worked closely with the architects to help define the necessary building envelopes while incorporating neighborhood crafting elements with pedestrian connections, small livable amenity spaces, and appropriate interfaces with the community.
The density of 29 homes per acre is feasible due to the creative mix of home styles and range of square footage. This helps with the density but also with segmentation since the site offers a broad range of homes and price points to prospective homebuyers. The City was also cognizant of the challenges and was instrumental in the acceptance of our vision. As a result, this neighborhood enhances the rich history of the Covina Bowl and provides much-needed housing to this desirable area for those first-time, move-up, and urban buyers.