28th Street Apartments

1006 East 28th Street
Los Angeles, California

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The 28th Street Apartments is an adaptive re-use of an historic YMCA that was designed by renowned African American architect Paul Revere Williams. The 28th Street Apartments building is listed on local, state and federal historic registers and the rehabilitation scope conforms with Federal standards. The project provides 48 units of studio-style affordable housing and 1 studio-style manager unit. The project includes supportive social services for tenants and approximately 8,000 square feet of ground floor space for the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and other neighborhood services. The 50 rooms that originally existed were only 85 to 110 square feet, and had a shared bathroom on each floor, as well as a common cafeteria on the second floor.

Clifford Beers Housing and CRCD partnered in redeveloping the building to modern standards so that it can once again serve the surrounding community by providing adults, youth transitioning out of the foster care system, and special needs adults with an affordable place to live. The second through fourth floors of the existing building were rehabbed to provide 24 studio units, complete with kitchenettes and bathrooms. An addition was made to the rear of the existing building to provide the remaining 25 studio units. Modernizing such a special building proved to be a considerable challenge. CBH rose to this challenge by working closely with Koning Eizenberg Architecture (KEA), the Historic Resources Group and Alpha Construction to design a sensitive re-use of the historic YMCA building. For example, the team exploited Paul William’s interstitial space between the first and second floors; this space conceals the building’s modern mechanical system lateral tie-ins to avoid unsightly piping exposure in the historically sensitive first floor public rooms. KEA designed a thoughtful replacement to the lost annex addition at the rear of the property.

The new wing massing remains subordinate to the character-defining original building forms. Finally, the project incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards and achieved a LEED Gold rating.

At A Glance

Co-Developers: Clifford Beers Housing and CRCD
Architect: Koning Eizenberg Architecture
General Contractor: Alpha Construction
Property Management: Levine Management Company
Support Services: CRCD and Kedren Community Health Center
Completion Date: September 2012
Tenant Mix: 63% supportive
Apartments: 48 studios and 1 manager unit
Rental Rates: 30 apartments @ 30% AMI, 18 apartments @ 50% AMI
Apartment Size: Approximately 308 sq. ft.
Funding Sources: Mental Health Services Act Capital Loan
Los Angeles Housing Department
Mental Health Services Act Operating Subsidy
Community Redevelopment Agency of City Of Los Angeles
Community Development Block Grant/LACCD
Affordable Housing Program
Nine Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity
Total Development Cost: $24,300,000


LEED Gold Certification


“A+ Jury’s Choice Award for Architecture and Preservation” by Architizer (2016)
“National Honor Award for Architecture” by AIA National (2015 )
“Preservation Award” by Los Angeles Conservancy (2013 )
“Award of Excellence” in the Mutli-Family Housing category from the Los Angeles Business Council (2013 )
“Westside Prize Multi Unit Housing HONOR Award” by Westside Urban Forum (2013 )
“Historic Preservation Award” by City of Los Angeles (2013 )
“Preservation Design Award” in the Rehabilitation category by California Preservation Foundation (2013 )
“Merit Award” in the Architecture category by AIA California Council (2013 )


“Housing Award” at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore (2013 )
“Honor Award” for Excellence in Architectural Design by AIA Los Angeles (2013)
“Special Needs Project of the Year Award” by SCANPH (2013)

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