Los Angeles-based KFA Architecture has shared news — and fresh photos — of the newly opened PATH Metro Villas, a sprawling urban campus in the Wilshire Center-Koreatown neighborhood that provides permanent housing and support services for seniors, veterans and formerly homeless individuals.
Completed in two phases, the $84 million development led by Affirmed Housing Group also serves as the regional headquarters of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), a California nonprofit dedicated to providing a safe and secure home for vulnerable Angelenos to provide permanent housing. Also, a critical element of the PATH model is the provision of services – vocational training, medical and mental health care, case management, and so on – that help ensure this continuity of housing is maintained. Outside of the LA metro area, PATH operates throughout Southern California, including San Diego and Orange County, and north to Santa Barbara and the Central Coast, and to San Jose and the Bay Area beyond.
“In addition to providing much-needed housing, PATH builds on its holistic service-oriented service approach and provides housing to create a diverse and nurturing community,” KFA partner Lise Bornstein said in a statement.
The 125,000-square-foot condominium complex completes the second phase of PATH Metro Villas, an effort that included the construction of two mixed-use buildings – Buildings B and C – totaling 122 affordable housing units as well as multi-purpose function spaces. an amphitheater, classrooms and a range of services including two on-site treatment centers – one for general health care and the other for mental health services – run by the John Wesley Community Health Institute and Gateways Hospital respectively.
Phase 2 of the PATH Metro Villas officially opened late last month, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Flooded with natural light, spread over five floors in each new building, the units range from modest studios to one-bedroom apartments and are accessed via exterior walkways, ideal for “lounging or lounging, combined with perches for people-watching.” “, explained KFA.
Easy proximity to shared outdoor spaces continues with a rooftop terrace on Building C and a lushly planted garden terrace on the second level of Building B. They anchor the two buildings of Phase 2 and Building A, a six-story building completed in 2018 The The first phase of the project is the Town Square. Town Square, a lavish plaza spanning 14,000 square feet, serves as the connective tissue of PATH Metro Villas, providing residents with plenty of space to relax and unwind in quiet solitude or, if they prefer, dedicated areas for social activities/ gather group activities. Features include a grassy area, patio furniture and plenty of well shaded spots hidden beneath the three buildings.
Building A, located directly across from the newly opened Buildings B and C, has 65 residential units, case management offices, common rooms and classroom kitchens, and other facilities for residents. Between all three buildings, PATH Metro Villas offers 93 studios, 91 one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units reserved for on-site property management.
“It makes sense that everyone needs to feel part of a community, part of something bigger than themselves that supports and enriches their lives,” Bornstein added. “A home is such an important first step in creating that sense of community and provides a foundation that leads to stability, well-being and opportunity. Dignity, independence and healing follow and extend well beyond these four walls.”
The last A Checked in at KFA, the award-winning practice (PATH Metro Villas received a Merit Award at the 2021 AIALA Residential Architecture Awards) had recently completed a similarly important residential project: the Ariadne Getty Foundation’s Senior Housing Complex, a five-story apartment building in East Hollywood, designed to provide safe and supportive housing for low-income LGBTQ Angelenos over the age of 62. This project was a collaboration between design architects Leong Leong and KFA, with KFA serving as executive architect. The Company’s many other completed affordable and supportive housing projects, including both new construction and adaptive reuse, include Paloma Terrace, Coronel Apartments and Hollenbeck Terrace. Board Colorado and Visa Del Puerto.
Located at 320-340 Madison Avenue near the Vermont Metro station (hence the name), PATH Metro Villas joins more than 15 residential developments operated by PATH Ventures. Five additional communities are currently under construction, including PATH Villas Hollywood, PATH Villas Marina Del Ray, and PATH Villas on Carson. A further seven developments, some designed by KFA, are in pre-development and represent 648 new permanent, supportive housing units.