L.A. Hospital Redeveloped into Affordable Seniors Housing

The first phase of Linda Vista Senior Apartments, which is part of the redevelopment of a former hospital in Los Angeles, has opened.

Los Angeles—The first phase of Linda Vista Senior Apartments, which is part of the redevelopment of a former hospital in Los Angeles, has opened. The property, which was redeveloped by AMCAL Multi-Housing, includes 23 units for senior households with income at or below 50 percent of the Los Angeles area median income.

The Mission Revival-style structure in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles was originally built as a hospital in 1924 to replace an earlier hospital building. The hospital closed in the early 1990s. The building was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2002 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Linda Vista has a familiar edifice, since it was regularly used as a site for feature films, television shows and music videos.

Enterprise Green Communities will certify Phase I of the redevelopment, which incorporates green elements such as drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow water fixtures and Energy Star appliances. Architecturally, the building exteriors and key historical features in the interior will remain intact in accordance with federal and state guidelines for historic rehabilitation, according to Killefer-Flammang Architects, which led the redevelopment design team.

Financing for the multi-phased development will include NSP II funds from Restore Neighborhoods L.A., Affordable Housing Trust Funds from the Los Angeles Housing Department, tax exempt bonds issued by the city of Los Angeles, conventional mortgage financing, low-income housing tax credits and historic rehabilitation tax credits. East LA Community Corp. is working with AMCAL on the Linda Vista redevelopment, assisting in community outreach efforts.

Phase one amenities include a courtyard, community room, kitchenette and library. Phase II will offer another 97 apartment units for seniors with household income of 30 percent to 60 percent of LA area median income, and it too will include a variety of resident services and amenities.