Contents 1 Description 1.1 Location 1.2 Residency 1.3 Developer and architect 1.4 Architecture 2 History 3 Critical reception 4 References 5 External links

Description[edit] Location[edit] The Star Apartments are located in the Skid Row neighborhood, known for its large homeless population.[3] The site of the building has frontage on East 6th Street on the northeast, Wall Street on the southeast, and Maple Avenue to the northwest. Residency[edit] Residents of the Star Apartments have been identified as members of the "most vulnerable" population of Los Angeles County, including the chronic homeless and those with a record of frequently utilizing emergency medical services.[4] Each resident is required to pay 30 percent of income or government assistance toward rent. Residency is non-conditional, meaning residents are not required to enroll in assistance programs offered on-site, including addiction counseling, medical assistance, or psychiatric counseling.[1] The building received a certificate of occupancy in 2014, and was expected to reach full occupancy by November 2014.[5][6] In addition to residential tenants, the building is home to the offices of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services' Housing for Health division headquarters, an US$18 million program with the mandate to house Los Angeles County's 'sickest and most vulnerable' and a mission to "end homelessness in Los Angeles."[7] Developer and architect[edit] The complex was designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA), a Los Angeles based firm led by architect Michael Maltzan. The developer of the site is the Skid Row Housing Trust. The Star Apartments are the third collaboration between the Skid Row Housing Trust and MMA, and follows the development of the Rainbow and New Carver Apartments projects.[8] Maltzan has been quoted at length regarding his interest in re-imagining housing for the homeless, including that "the community that lives [in the Star Apartments] should have a similar environment to anybody that could afford something more expensive."[7] He has also alluded to the intent to create interaction among residents through design choices, saying that "What we're trying to create is something that feels like a microcosm of the city itself," and indicating his hope that the Star Apartments could prove a model for future, similar projects.[1] Architecture[edit] The six-story, 95,000 square feet (8,800 m2) building includes 102 apartments built around three distinct use concepts, including street level retail space, space for supportive programming for the Skid Row Housing Trust's primary constituency, and residents. It also accommodates an on-site health clinic, community garden, running track, fitness facilities, and art and library facilities.[7] Roughly 15,000 square feet are allocated as public, community space, and are open to residents of other Skid Row Housing Trust residential complexes.[6][4] The projected budget for the project was US$20.5 million in 2012.[1] Later news reports at the time of the complex's opening put the total cost of construction at US$40 million, reportedly following increased costs related to the complexity of installing the pre-fabricated units on the buildings cantilevered frame.[7][4] Although the building is primarily known for housing members of Los Angeles' homeless population, it is also notable for its unique construction method—it is thought to be the first multi-unit residential building to utilize entirely pre-fabricated construction.[1] Each of the 102 apartment units were pre-fabricated as self-contained wood-frame units in Boise, Idaho, by Guerdon Enterprises. The interim construction, including plumbing, appliances, and cabinetry, was then shipped to Los Angeles, where it was maneuvered into place by crane before being permanently adjoined to the building superstructure.[4] All of the units were then covered in protective material, and visually unified with a stucco-style coating.[9] The building is awaiting LEED certification.[5]

History[edit] The Star Apartments are one of more than 20 residential complexes maintained by the Skid Row Housing Trust. The Skid Row Housing Trust "develops, manages, and operates Permanent Supportive Housing" buildings in the Los Angeles Skid Row area.[10] The developers received a low income housing tax credit equity from the National Equity Fund and Bank of America for the purpose of financing the project.[6] A decision was made by the architects to incorporate the lot's existing single story commercial structure into the plans, rather than raze the site entirely.[11] The Star Apartments are part of Los Angeles County's "Housing for Health" initiative to develop 10,000 units of so-called permanent "supportive housing" for individuals suffering from homelessness. Permanent supportive housing attempts to house individuals first before attempting to treat the underlying conditions of homelessness.[12]

Critical reception[edit] The finished construction has been described as "beautiful, modern, and bright," according to National Public Radio.[12] A representative of the American Institute of Architect's Los Angeles chapter said that it "does much to enliven the neighborhood" and that the finished building adds a "sense of urban grace to an area that desperately needs more love.”[4]

References[edit] ^ a b c d e Lowery, Wesley. "Innovative housing for the homeless being built in downtown L.A." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ O'Brien, Kathleen. "L.A.'s Amenity-Filled Way of Tackling Homelessness". Nation Swell. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ Rath, Arun. "As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row". NPR. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ a b c d e Kim, Eddie. "With Star Apartments, Skid Row Gets a Stunning Housing Complex". DT News. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ a b Kim, Eddie. "Skid Row's Star Apartments Ready For Move-Ins". DT News. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ a b c Couch, Robbie. "New Skid Row Homeless Apartment Complex Has A Running Track And Art Studio". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ a b c d Holland, Gale. "Innovative apartment complex for homeless people opens on skid row". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ Glick Kudler, Adrian. "Michael Maltzan's Prefab Star Apartments Stacking in Skid Row". Curbed. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ Vaillancourt, Ryan. "Downtown's Prefabricated Architectural Star". DT News. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ "Our Buildings".  ^ Meinhold, Bridgette. "Bridgette Meinhold Michael Maltzan's Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA". Inhabit. Retrieved 27 October 2014.  ^ a b Rath, Arun; Dreisbach, Tom. "As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row". NPR. 

External links[edit] Star Apartments at Skid Row Housing Retrieved from "" Categories: Homelessness in the United StatesBuildings and structures in Los AngelesResidential buildings completed in 20142014 in Los AngelesHidden categories: Coordinates on Wikidata

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