Glendale Arts Colony (GAC), an affordable housing community for the creative industry, was unanimously approved by the Housing Authority for funding on July 8th, 2014. The Studio One Eleven designed 70-unit project will receive approximately $6 million from the City of Glendale and $26 million in tax credits. GAC partnered with the YMCA, who owns the land, to create a dynamic fusion of program and services for the community. This landmark partnership was praised by the state and was given as the reason for the funding of the project. The development will transform the YMCA random collection of buildings into a campus focused on affordable housing, fitness and the arts. Currently the existing Spanish Revival and Brutalist style fitness center flank a parking lot. The new design will transform the parking lot into limited short term parking dispersed within an art park that can accommodate outdoor events. The third side of the art park will be defined by Meta’s affordable artist housing with a ground floor museum for use of the resident artists, YMCA programs and the arts community at large.
The City of Glendale, has been and continues to be exceptionally progressive when it comes to securing affordable housing– it is one of the top four cities in Southern California to receive tax credits in the last ten years – having been awarded $100 million; behind only Los Angeles and ahead of both Santa Monica and Long Beach.
Situated at 121 N. Kenwood Street between Wilson Avenue and Broadway, the five story project will contribute to the ongoing development of Glendale’s downtown and Arts & Entertainment District, as it replaces two existing apartment complexes owned by the partnering YMCA. The Art Colony’s design incorporates 70 one to three bedroom units as well as ample community space including music and performance spaces, media lab, “messy arts lab” and gallery in order to foster the creative lifestyles of its residents.
Glendale Arts Colony is a joint venture between Meta Housing Group, the City’s Housing Authority, and the Glendale YMCA. It is S111’s third partnership with Meta, a follow up to the award winning Long Beach Senior Arts Colony and Annex. With the approved funding, the project will provide an arts program and integrate artists into the broader community by providing them with a comfortable and safe environment.
On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Signal Hill City Council unanimously approved Studio One Eleven’s design for the Meta Housing Corporation project.
Gundry/Hill is an affordable housing community at a village scale. It incorporates a variety of building heights ranging from one to four stories, and encourages communal living with its open spaces. Located off of Hill Street and Walnut Avenue, the housing development’s design will include residential patios, porches, balconies, and unit entries along edges to activate streets and deter crime, as well as concealed parking. To foster its family friendly environment, Gundry/Hill will feature a community garden to encourage healthy eating, a large patio adjacent to its community building with flexible green space to encourage activity amongst residents, and a high-visibility tot lot.
At the June 15th meeting, Councilmembers said that the financing packages were all very similar, so the decision came down to design. Councilmember Hansen noted that the architecture of the development brings dignity to residents that would make anyone want to live there.
For more on the project, look to this Signal Tribune article
The proposed design for the San Juan Capistrano Historic Town Center Master Plan preserves and enhances the role of Town Center District as the civic and commercial heart of the City by creating a dynamic mixed-use village scaled downtown. Utilization of open space, building massing, interconnected street networks, and shared parking systems are portions of the plan which enable a comfortable pedestrian-oriented environment. The design preserves the historic buildings and resources of the town that are integral to its urban and architectural character, and strengthens its viability as both a local and regional focal point by encouraging new buildings and renovations of existing structures.
On Thursday, June 11, Studio One Eleven’s Michael Bohn attended San Juan Capistrano City Council Retreat to present the community driven aspirations for the future of its Town Center Plan, and to refine an implementation strategy that would guide the District toward the preferred future vision over time. Larry Kosmont from Kosmont Companies was also invited to share his perspective of the state of the downtown as well as suggest next steps.
The presentation itself was comprised of three parts: the vision plan – which encompasses both comparisons to similar town centers and specific improvements for each of the districts, mobility plans to reposition traffic and parking, and an implementation plan. For the plan to be truly effective, there is a pressing need to expedite entitlement when proposed developments comply with the master plan. In addition, the park once strategy must be implemented to further encourage appropriate development within the downtown. Proposed opportunities for internal and external funding sources for infrastructure concluded the presentation.
This month marks the start of construction on the Eco House located at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street in Long Beach, CA – a partnership with Children Today to provide an eco-friendly daycare facility to those who need it most. The location’s childcare services welcome homeless infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as their families search for and maintain employment.
The Eco House is a reuse of an existing daycare facility and two outdoor areas which utilize thoughtful and sustainable design elements to encourage play and active lifestyles indoor and out. Classrooms, day-lighting, and storage space allow optimal opportunities for learning and activity, while sustainable features like low flow plumbing fixtures and outdoor rainwater catch basins enhance the environmental emphasis of the design. A mix of shaded and sunny play areas along with a variety of play structures will encourage imagination and exploration while also accommodating both warm and cool temperatures.
Children Today is a free child development facility for homeless and welfare-system children ages six weeks to six years that provides trauma-informed child development and family support services to North Long Beach. Their mission and vision emphasize fostering long-term stability and success in these children and families by providing a safe, nurturing place to spend their days playing, learning, and growing, while their parents take steps toward stability.
The new Eco House will allow ample space to merge Children Today’s Play House programs, expand their service capacity, and continue serving the Long Beach community with a beautiful space worth of our children and their families.
The Eco House is scheduled to be completed by the end of December. Studio One Eleven is in the process of submitting LEED® design documentation for future LEED Certification.
For more details on Children Today, please go to http://www.childrentoday.org/
After joining the firm in 2011, Kirk has contributed greatly as a landscape designer. His hard work and diligence have been instrumental in developing landscape projects from schematic design through construction administration. Kirk has proven himself to be extremely versatile- preparing proposals, managing and designing projects and finding time to create a landscape related image and detail library. He has been involved in a number of recent projects including Pinecrest Apartments in Long Beach, The Lot at Formosa South creative office building in West Hollywood, and the KidWorks Farm & Garden Project in Santa Ana; each have been a reflection of his own high standards and dedication to design integrity.
KidWorks Farm and Garden. Rendering courtesy of Studio One Eleven
Kirks efforts have contributed to an ever increasing Landscape Studio including significant projects in Studio One Eleven, Placemaking and Retail Studios, so it is with pleasure that we recognize his contributions.
On Saturday, June 7th staff from P+R and Studio One Eleven as well as their friends and family traded in pencils and straight edges for paint brushes and drills for a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Long Beach. Team members arrived to the build site on Lime Ave. early to begin work on the house, which consisted of laying tile, painting, flooring, and much more.
Their hard work does not go unappreciated as all completed Habitat for Humanity builds are soon inhabited by deserving partner homeowners and their families. The Lime Ave. build will soon be enjoyed by a woman and her two children who are all looking forward to their new residency in Long Beach. The project will be completed in approximately 4 weeks. Our team contributed to the laying of laminate flooring, tiling of bathrooms and kitchens, interior painting and exterior trim work.
Tammy Dinh, a designer at Studio One Eleven, said of the experience, “Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was a great way to give back to the community while also getting to know fellow coworkers.”
Habitat for Humanity conducts these builds as a symbol of hope in the community and a tangible milestone in their progress toward their goal of eliminating poverty housing throughout the world. As an architecture firm, it is our goal to design places for people to thrive. Working with Habitat for Humanity has enabled us to align both organizational goals and provide a warm sense of community to our new neighbors.
Creating opportunities through architecture is a way P+R has found its role in giving back. Continuing on our efforts to design affordable housing for areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Habitat for Humanity build allowed our organization to physically “get their hands dirty” in our efforts to create a stable sense of “place” for all.
Dinh added, “It was an amazing feeling to be able to work as a group towards a singular cause.”
Tammy was also the designer of the event shirts seen in the photos.