Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

Location: Long Beach, CA
Client: Meta Housing Corporation
Type: Transit-Oriented Senior and Affordable Housing
An affordable housing and senior community which catalyzed the surrounding neighborhood revitalization

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.

The Annex

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.

Projects Awards
2014
LABJ Commercial Real Estate Gold Award, Multi-Family (Los Angeles Business Journal)
2014
NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award, Best 50+ Affordable Rental Community
2013
SAGE Project of the Year
2013
NAHB Pillars of Industry, Finalist, Best Affordable Multi-Family Community
2013
AIA LB|SB Honor Award for Excellence in Design
2013
MHN (Multi Housing News) Gold Award, Best New Development: Seniors
2013
MFE (Multi Family Executive) Project of the Year, Grand Award, Affordable
2013
Gold Nugget Grand Award, Best Senior Housing Community
2012
Best of 50+ Housing Awards, Gold Winner, Best Affordable Rental – On the Boards
2011
Gold Nugget Grand Award, On the Boards
2010
SAGE On the Boards Award

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