Pomona, Calif.—Hanover Pacific LLC has broken ground on a mixed-use, 173,000-square foot graduate student housing community near Western University (WesternU) of Health Sciences, a private, non-profit graduate school for health professionals in Pomona, Calif. The community is the product of a public/private partnership between the City of Pomona, the Vehicle Parking District and Hanover Pacific, with the support of WesternU.
“Developing student housing infill, urban locations is a very complex endeavor, especially in California,” Robert Y. Kim, executive managing director of Hanover Pacific, says. “The project not only addresses a need for student housing, it will also be the lynch pin for the continued revitalization of downtown Pomona. Consequently, the project was the result of cooperation between many constituents and the relationship between the City of Pomona and Hanover Pacific was vital to the project. The project will also help promote the further integration of the university with its larger neighborhood community.”
Designed by KTGY Group Inc., the community will include 202 units with 306 beds with approximately 10,000 square feet, which will be used as faculty offices. This four-story building will include single- and double-occupancy bedrooms with a living room and kitchen. Most of the units will be two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments.
Amenities for the community will include a fitness center, community pool, media room and valet services.
“This project is really an extension of the rebuilding of the campus, started by the $100 million Health Education Center,” David Senden, principal at KTGY Group, Inc. and the lead designer on the project, tells MHN. “Most of the design cues are taken from the collection of buildings on campus and in the downtown, blending new and old elements. We have kept affordability as a design focus, which requires efficiency in the building design, but the building itself will be visually striking.”
The community is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.