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