AIA|LA Tours: Las Alturas Apartments
April 19, 4:00-5:30PM
Boyle Heights

photo by Douglas Olson Photography

AIA|LA Tours: Las Alturas Apartments

Wednesday, April 19th. 4:00-5:30PM
Boyle Heights, CA
Designed by: Mark Lahmon
Tour led by: Lahmon Architects

Publicly subsidized affordable housing is a direct method of keeping our city whole and assisting people in living a dignified life.  It’s an expanding development trend and a challenging and rewarding pursuit for designers.  This is an opportunity to tour an exemplary affordable housing project and ask questions to the team who built and operate it.  We will discuss common strategies for success and see the follow through.

Las Alturas Apartments provides 78 affordable units for qualified seniors 55 years, or older.  Located in a culturally rich neighborhood of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, yet the area had been neglected and underutilized. The sloping site is a mid-block section of Whittier Boulevard with distant views to the Los Angeles Port and within a block of multiple bus lines, a bank, health clinic, dentist, library, grocery stores, etc., ideally located for seniors.  The district as a whole has been undergoing a transformation with new developments and vitality.

The design goal was to create an active senior living environment that encourages social-interaction and empowerment, as well as improving a blighted portion of Whittier Boulevard within an environmentally and culturally sensitive community. 

A key aspect of affordable housing is obtaining funding from numerous sources.  Las Alturas had been stalled for 4 years while trying to obtain 202 funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and 9% tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

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