Construction begins on Weingart Center housing project in Los Angeles

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California Construction News staff writer

Construction is underway at 555 S. Crocker St. in the Skid Row district of Los Angeles. The site will be home to the first of two new Weingart Towers, about a year after the ground-breaking.

The surface parking lot next to the Weingart Center at 555 S. Crocker Street is the site of the $164 million project that will be the largest permanent supportive housing building in the city’s history.

The project team for the 19-story building includes architect AXIS/GFA, Swinerton Builders, and Emmerson Construction.

The first tower will be a beautiful 278-unit permanent supportive housing high-rise that reaches 19 stories in height, and will be the largest single addition of its kind in L.A.’s history. This tower is part of a multi-phase approach that Weingart is taking to provide permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Construction updates are posted here each Tuesday.

The Weingart Center is a nonprofit agency that provides homeless individuals with the basic tools necessary to stabilize their lives, secure income, and find permanent housing. Our mission is to empower and transform lives by delivering innovative solutions to break the cycle of homelessness.

The first tower will feature 228 studio apartments, 47 one-bedroom apartments, and 3 one-bedroom apartments for full-time onsite managers. All units will include furnishings, central heating and air, fully equipped kitchens, and window coverings. And through Weingart Center Association’s commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly design, the tower will achieve, at a minimum, a Green Point Gold Certification.

The second tower will be a 12-story building and will offer an additional 104 units of permanent supportive housing: 103 studio units + 1 studio unit for a full-time onsite manager.

Residents of both towers will have access to amenities including: Pet-Friendly Living; Shared Kitchen and Dining Area; Case Management; Career Center; Art Room; Music Room; Lounge; Fitness Center; Computer Lab; Patios; Terraces; and Ground-Level Courtyard.

The plan includes 278 studio and one-bedroom flats for formerly homeless people. Additionally, there will be administrative offices, a café on the main floor, on-site supported services, and 15 parking spaces underground.

 

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