Las Ventanas Apartments is an affordable mixed-use housing development that began construction near the Blue Line Station at Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach in April 2019. The 1.01–acre site has a four-story building with 102 affordable housing apartments. The development includes street-level commercial space.
The community provides modern apartment living for individuals and families. The transit-accessible location and infrastructure improvements provides residents with access to public transportation, parks, markets, education institutions and retail, which are all located within short distances. The transit-oriented development (TOD) site is located less than a mile from Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center, and is also closely located to a library, a park, small retail shops and many other community amenities. Across the street from the development is a Metro Blue Line light rail transit station. Less than seven miles away are popular entertainment and destination venues such as Aquarium of the Pacific and The Queen Mary™.
Construction is Type V over Type I, with conventional wood framing with concrete slab floors above a semi-subterranean concrete parking podium with 82 parking spaces. Residents have access to secure bicycle storage on both the street and podium levels. Adjacent to the property management offices is a community area with a media center, computer lab, and open space for games and socializing. The podium level provides a play area, outdoor seating and a well-landscaped setting, and two barbecues for entertaining. The podium level also includes offices for social services personnel.
Apartment interiors include modern vinyl Floor Score® planking and have Green Label Plus carpeting in bedrooms. Each kitchen is furnished with a stove-oven and a garbage disposal. To help residents minimize expenses, ENERGY STAR® appliances, including a refrigerator and dishwasher are installed in all apartments. All apartments have a patio or balcony for private outdoor space, storage and modern living amenities.
LA County’s “Homes for Health” program has units reserved for 15 special needs homeless households.
The project achieved LEED Platinum 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.
For more information on LEED for Homes and the USGBC, see https://www.usgbc.org/.
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
Property type: Affordable
Year Completed: 2021
No. Units: 102
Developer: AMCAL General Contractors