Groundbreaking Set For Active Seniors Residential Community
2011-04-19 · By Editor
Transit Oriented Development Will Support Active, Creative Seniors
A 200-unit, transit-oriented residential community designed for active seniors will begin to take shape on Thursday, April 21, with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony (Colony). The public is invited to the event at 10:30 am at 225 E. 12th St. The ceremony is being hosted by Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Robert Garcia and The Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC), along with Meta Housing Corporation (Meta) and Century Housing Corporation.
To be built on 1.74 acres at the southwest corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Anaheim Street, the development is designed for residents 55 years and above, earning 30 percent to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. It will appeal to the active senior population by creating an affordable community with amenities that engage the spirit and creativity of an active lifestyle.
Designed as a Transit Oriented Development (TOD,) the Colony is within 100 feet of the Metro Blue Line and existing bus lines along Long Beach Boulevard. Multiple services located within a half-mile of the Colony include a bank, supermarket, beauty salon, hardware store, pocket park, medical center/hospital, postal service and more.
“This is another great development that will not only offer affordable senior housing, but will also help Long Beach be a more sustainable city by creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and encouraging residents to use public transportation,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
On-site programs will emphasize creative and healthy aging with arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs for seniors. The Colony will also feature community rooms, theater, art rooms, community gardens, bark park area, residential library, BBQ areas, spa, laundry facilities, open outdoor areas and on-site management offices and social services.
“This innovative approach to senior residential living will support and encourage our seniors to live a healthy, active, creative, and independent lifestyle,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia, who represents the 1st District. “This project combines our goals in investing in neighborhood revitalization and in the quality of life of our residents.”
“The LBHDC remains committed to its mission of providing safe and livable neighborhoods in Long Beach through the production of quality affordable housing,” said Patrick Brown, Chair of the LBHDC Board. “The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony development touches on so many positive aspects of life for our Long Beach senior citizens; affordable safe and secure housing, social support and personal growth, and a recognition of the importance our seniors play in our community.“
This development is funded by government programs designed to revitalize communities through social and environmental considerations. In July 2009, the LBHDC and Meta were awarded nearly $26 million in Transit Oriented Development and Infill Infrastructure Grant funds from the California State Department of Housing and Community Development – a great accomplishment, given the vigorous competition for the funds.
“Meta Housing is proud to partner with the City of Long Beach on another development. The support of the Long Beach Housing Development Company has enabled the development to move forward,” said Kasey Burke, Senior Vice President, Meta Housing Corporation.
“We are proud to be part of this important project that will bring critically-needed affordable housing to seniors in Long Beach,” said Aaron Wooler, Vice President, Financial Products, Century Housing. “The project reinforces the demand for Low and Moderate Income Housing Funds that support seniors, homeless residents and veterans, which in turn, help to build local economies.”
Western Seniors Housing will manage the property with on-site social services provided by EngAGE. The first 39 units are estimated to be completed June 2012; estimated completion for the entire project is Dec 2012.
About The Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC) – Established by the City of Long Beach in 1989, the LBHDC’s mission is to provide safe and livable neighborhoods in Long Beach by promoting, developing, and preserving decent, safe and affordable housing for the very low-, low- and moderate-income residents of Long Beach. The LBHDC offers a range of programs and various forms of financial assistance to encourage the development of affordable housing that improves the quality of life of the residents it serves. For more information, go to www.lbhdc.org.
About META Housing Corporation – META is one of Southern California’s most experienced and trusted developers of affordable and market-rate apartment communities for families and senior. Since 1969, META has built one of the industry’s most successful track records, developing more than 12,000 residential units. For more information, log on to www.metahousing.com.