LA Senior Housing Breaks Ground

Related Cos. and Community Development Corp.'s The Curve @ West Angeles will have 70 units, including 29 for very-low-income residents.

Related Cos. and Community Development Corp. are teaming on The Curve @ West Angeles, a 70-unit affordable senior housing community in Los Angeles.

KFA Architects is designing the mixed-use property, which will also include 2,000 square feet of retail, and held a groundbreaking in late June.

“The Curve @ West Angeles Senior Apartments directly addresses L.A.’s great need for affordable, healthy housing where seniors can flourish,” Dganit Shtorch, KFA’s associate and project manager for The Curve, told MHN. “KFA has a long and distinguished track record of designing award-winning affordable housing projects in the Los Angeles region. We are also specialists in TOD, guided by a vision of creating vibrant, walkable communities around transportation hubs.”

Located at 5414 Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles’ Park Mesa Heights neighborhood, the five-story Curve at West Angeles. Of the units, 40 reserved for low-income residents, 29 for very-low-income residents and one will be a market-rate manager’s unit.

The Curve at West Angeles will also house studio and one-bedroom apartments, a resident lobby, a 1,059-square-foot community room with kitchen and a 784-square-foot central courtyard. Other amenities include bike lockers and a bike repair room and common area laundry facilities.

The West Angeles Community Development Corporation will provide on-site social services.

Revitalized Community

The affordable senior housing project is in South LA’s Crenshaw Corridor, which is being revitalized by the coming of the new light rail line along most of Crenshaw Blvd.

“This project with its 70 units, 100 percent of them affordable, will have a positive impact on its entire South L.A. neighborhood, which is undergoing an exciting revitalization,” Shtorch said. “It adds community retail, garden space and courtyards that take advantage of the sunny climate. Importantly, The Curve is within walking distance of all kinds of amenities, including dining options and yoga studios.”

Moreover, the property is situated only two blocks north of the Crenshaw/Slauson Station in Park Mesa Heights, currently under construction and scheduled for a 2019 opening.

The building underwent an extensive conceptual design phase that was aimed on sustainability and quality of life for residents, so its final design is centered along a linear courtyard that is programmed for active walking and open on both ends to allow ample light and air.

KFA Architects recently designed Maya, a 72-unit community in Los Angeles for Jamison Properties.

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