Wednesday, July 06 2011
New Project for NoHo
Construction has started on a 49-unit multi-family residence for low-income persons 55 or older in the Community Redevelopment Agency NoHo project area in North Hollywood. Developed by Clifford Beers Housing, lead developer, and PATH Ventures, NoHo Senior Villas will reserve half of the 48 rental units for formerly homeless seniors who are living with a mental illness. PATH, co-developer, will provide supportive services to all residents at the project, and San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center will provide mental health services to the residents who are in need. Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, the five-story building is conceived to provide a tranquil environment in both exterior and interior elements.
“The project is distinguished by extensive recreation and outdoor amenities that include a large shaded courtyard with a covered walkway, a landscaped roof garden and a substantial landscaped area with a 30-foot setback from the street,” noted KFA project architect John Arnold. The one bedroom units average 525 square feet and each unit has a full kitchen and bathroom. “Inside, the design focuses on elements that will help seniors feel at home and also aid them in wayfinding and orientation,” explained Arnold. Also, color schemes were developed to differentiate floors, units and building elements. Financing for the project comes from tax credits and special local, state and federal programs.
Photo: (l-r) John Arnold, KFA Project Manager; Alice Roth, Deputy District Director for the LA City Council Fourth District; Dr. Marvin Southard, Director, LA County Department of Mental Health; Sarah White, Senior Project Manager, Clifford Beers Housing; John Molloy, Executive Director, PATH Ventures
Sunday, February 27 2011
Witkin Center Wins LABC Award
The Janet L. Witkin Center for senior citizens has been named the winner of the multi-family affordable category of the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards.
Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), the infill low-income, five-story project, 937 Fairfax Ave., was singled out for its sustainability and adroit creation of critical community spaces on a small site– including a large community garden on the fourth floor.
Sustainable elements include solar hot water heaters, high efficiency HVAC systems, recycled building materials and permeable paving and native plantings to reduce water runoff.
The front of the 17-unit building is clad in composite wood that wraps around the building horizontally, and units are oriented to the south to receive natural light, related KFA project manager Lise Bornstein.
Janet L. Witkin Center Project Page