Location: El Monte, Calif.

Size: 60 acres

Cost: $1.2 billion

Developer: Titan Group

Ground-breaking: 2008

Completion: 2013-2015

Buzz: Built around the local bus hub and believed to be the largest transit-oriented development in California, this mixed-use, smart-growth project will contain 1,850 residential units, 560,000 sq. ft. of retail, 500,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 200-room hotel and 11 acres of public parks. The developers estimate that when completed, El Monte Transit Village will bring the city of El Monte $3.5 million in annual revenues.