LGBT Center Campus Breaks Ground in LA

The site will serve as the new administrative headquarters and provide multi-generational services and housing for young people, seniors and homeless youth.

From Commercial Property Executive, by Ariela Moraru:

Construction has begun for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus at 1116 N. McCadden Place, off Santa Monica Boulevard. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang Architects, in collaboration with New York design firm Leong Leong, is the project’s executive architect.

Slated for opening in early 2019, the new campus will serve as the new administrative headquarters for the center and will include new senior and youth centers, up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, ground floor retail space and 350 subterranean parking spaces. The mixed-use project will feature a series of interior and exterior courtyards and plazas.

The site is directly across the street from The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The Village is the center’s arts, cultural and educational facility with two theaters, two gallery spaces, community meeting space, offices for AIDS/LifeCycle, and administrative offices. Thanks to the freed space, the current McDonald/Wright building will be entirely dedicated to medical and mental health care, addiction recovery services and HIV/STD testing and treatment.

As Center CEO Lorri L. Jean told KPCC in prepared remarks, “the new complex aims to help the two most vulnerable parts of our community, young people and seniors, who might face discrimination in other care facilities. Demand has skyrocketed in recent years and the need for affordable housing is particularly dire. The Center and our new campus are part of the solution to the growing problem of homelessness in our city.”

Rendering courtesy of the Los Angeles LGBT Center