Client: Meta Housing Corporation
Type: Transit-Oriented Senior and Affordable Housing
The Senior Arts Colony (SAC) is a 200-unit senior affordable housing community which marks the northern gateway into downtown Long Beach. Following completion, the SAC has become a catalyst for revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood.
Several market-rates, mixed-use projects have begun construction nearby and the City has released a program to assist in renovating neighboring commercial storefronts. In addition, SAC residents have become community stakeholders, successfully petitioning the City to improve a park one block away.
Considered a Transit Oriented Development, the project is located immediately adjacent to light rail and bus transit stops that provide access to educational, medical, retail and employment centers. The design, amenities, and programs of the SAC are geared toward active, income-qualified seniors aged 55 years and over with a passion for the arts. The community promotes “healthy aging” emphasizing creativity, wellness, lifelong learning, and independence.
Part of a transit-oriented master planned development, this thirty-nine unit very affordable housing project is the first phase of a mixed use, mixed-income, multi-generational development. Located in a pedestrian-active, dense, multifamily neighborhood, the ground and second floor parking is lined with amenity spaces along 12th Street in order to create a lively and inviting storefront.
The building is inspired by its proximity to the beach and employs playfully painted siding, large balconies, and a tower element inspired by life guard stations. Building amenities include a community room, computer lab, convenient bicycle storage, barbecue area, and raised garden to grow vegetables and flowers.