The Florence Apartments is a 109-unit transit-oriented development designed to help revitalize the Florence area of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Located adjacent to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Line, the Florence Apartments represent AMCAL’s most ambitious foray into special needs housing to date. The 1.08-acre development will include 54 one-bedroom units designated for tenants with special needs earning 30% of AMI and 54 one- and two-bedroom units affordable to individuals and families earning 60% of area medium income. In addition, it is AMCAL’s second development financed in part with Affordable Housing Sustainable Community (AHSC) funds, which are designed to leverage housing developments near high quality transit to reduce greenhouse gasses by pairing them with sustainable transit-oriented infrastructure such as bicycle paths and improved pedestrian access.
The contemporary-style, 4-story development includes a 1,995 sf Workforce Development Center on the ground floor which will be run by the County of Los Angeles and will be available for use not only for the development’s tenants, but will also act as a vital resource for the surrounding neighborhood. Pedestrian improvements include the funding of a walking trail in a nearby park which can be accessed from the development and connects to a senior center.
The Florence Apartment community exceeds California’s Energy Efficient Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings which is enhanced by Solar Thermal for Domestic Hot Water, Solar PV, Energy Star lighting and Bathroom fans. Apartment interiors will include modern vinyl Floor Score® planking and will have Green Label Plus carpeting in bedrooms. Each kitchen will be furnished with a stove-oven and a garbage disposal. To help residents minimize expenses, ENERGY STAR® appliances, including a refrigerator and dishwasher are being installed. All apartments have a patio or balcony for private outdoor space, storage and modern living amenities. Residents can also enjoy laundry rooms and bicycle storage areas on site.
The project is striving for LEED Gold certification. LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary, rating system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is a non-profit organization that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green buildings and encourages the adoption of sustainable practices. LEED-certified homes are more durable, use less energy and water, and provide improved indoor air quality resulting in reduced utility bills and increased occupant comfort.
For a project to earn LEED for Homes certification, it must meet requirements in eight different environmental qualities: 1) Sustainable sites, 2) Water efficiency, 3) Energy and atmosphere, 4) Materials and resources, 5) Indoor environmental quality, 6) Locations and linkages, 7) Awareness and education, and 8) Innovation in design.
Florence Apartments is aiming for LEED-Gold certification. Some of the green features unique to the project are:
- 75% construction waste diverted from landfills
- 5% of total parking area dedicated to low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
- High-efficiency fixtures and ENERGY STAR® appliances installed
- High-efficiency irrigation system
- Low-VOC emitting paints and flooring
- Low-flow interior water fixtures and toilets
For more information on LEED for Homes and the USGBC, see https://www.usgbc.org/.
Property type: Affordable
Year Anticipated Completion: 2021
No. Units: 109
Developer: AMCAL General Contractors
Architect: Van Tilburg, Banvard, and Soderbergh