Age in Place

Belzberg Architects to bring 100 senior housing units to L.A.’s Westside

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Southeast view of new Los Angeles Jewish Home proposal for Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood by Belzberg Architects. (Courtesy Los Angeles Jewish Home / Belzberg Architects)
Southeast view of new Los Angeles Jewish Home proposal for Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood by Belzberg Architects. (Courtesy Los Angeles Jewish Home / Belzberg Architects)

With a newly proposed plan for a 100-unit senior housing complex by Belzberg Architects, the Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) is making clear its plans to expand outside the San Fernando Valley are serious.

The LAJH, with over 1,000 residents, is already the largest single-source senior housing provider in Los Angeles. Still, it seems its latest expansion can’t come soon enough. Although LAJH has yet to wrap up construction on a new, Gensler-designed campus in the coastal Playa Vista neighborhood, all 199 units in that $100 million project have already been reserved.

This recently-revealed proposal will provide 100 additional units in a second location a few miles away. The new mixed-use complex, located in the Beverly-Fairfax area in L.A.’s Westside, will feature 40 independent living, 40 assisted living, and 20 guest rooms in a structure that will also contain a new synagogue for the Orthodox Jewish Congregation of Beth-Israel and a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E) clinic that will be available for use by the public as well as residents.

Southwest view of new Los Angeles Jewish Home proposal for Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood by Belzberg Architects (Courtesy Los Angeles Jewish Home / Belzberg Architects)

Southwest view of new Los Angeles Jewish Home proposal for Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood by Belzberg Architects (Courtesy Los Angeles Jewish Home / Belzberg Architects)

Belzberg Architects’s preliminary designs for the new six-story housing complex is a terraced apartment block whose pixelated, multi-planar facades step back from each street line to create terraces, balconies, and overhangs. Some of these areas turn the building’s corners, creating wrap-around mezzanines and loggia in a series of compositions that also include large, punched openings denoting individual apartment units. The similarly-variable ground level storefronts aim to activate the street while a rooftop terrace overlooks everything below.

This approach mirrors LAJH’s Playa Vista outpost where neighborhood amenities include a library, gym, and community gathering spot. Evidently, the senior housing services provider is making a bet toward mixed-use development in an effort to keep its residents integrated with the wider community, and vice versa. According to materials released by LAJH, the mixed-use design aims to alleviate high rates of loneliness among the elderly population. The project’s public profile will surely get a boost from the P.A.C.E. clinic that both residents and community members age 55 and older will be able to use.

The complex also contains a two-level, 137 stall parking garage. A timeline for construction has not been announced.

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