By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer
Los Angeles—A grand opening heralding completion of the first phase of the Linda Vista Senior Apartments will be held this Thursday in Los Angeles. The announcement was made jointly by AMCAL Multi-Housing, the community’s developer, and the East L.A. Community Corporation (ELACC).
The senior apartments represent the first phase of a $43 million historic redevelopment of a former railroad hospital, Linda Vista Community Hospital, which ceased operations in 1991. The hospital was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. For much of the last 22 years, it has served as a backdrop for the filming of television programs and motion pictures.
Linda Vista Senior Apartments, 630 St. Louis St., was specifically developed to help care for Boyle Heights senior citizens. The recently completed first phase transforms a former nurse dormitory into almost two-dozen affordable apartment homes. These residences will help address the critical need for affordable senior housing in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, AMCAL reports.
In addition to creating this much-needed affordable housing, Linda Vista Senior Apartments is also expected to help stabilize the neighborhood, and to help create or retain jobs in industries associated with housing development, from pre-development to construction. These created and retained positions include construction workers, legal, architectural, engineering and real estate services.
This is one of the major multifamily properties funded by the City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Stabilization Program through the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD). It meets the long-term goal of reducing and eliminating vacant and abandoned properties.