• Kavya Jose

Affordable housing and community revitalization

Updated: Jul 12

Arkitek:design&architecture aims to further its expertise in design for community and affordable dwellings with the new anticipated development at the Family Nurturing Center located on the corner of N. Oakdale Ave and 5th Street.

The project seeks to revitalize the community through the provision of new affordable housing for at-risk families and individuals. The project consists of two phases, the first including the demolition of an existing 2-story 7,500 sf area to be redesigned to accommodate a new 4-story 26,900 sf mixed-use building comprising of 3 commercial suites on the ground floor and 17 residential dwelling units on the upper stories. Use of the ground-floor commercial spaces will entail retail services including support for the residential tenants along the lines of nursery, child-care, grocery, and clothing, in keeping with the mission of the Family Nurturing Center.This proposed design utilizes the rooftop area to become the new protected open landscape for gardening and community activities for the residents.

The second phase will see development at 205 & 211 N Ivy Street, transforming an existing community garden area into a 4,400 sf multi-family building with 4 units. In addition to the building construction, new landscaping, redeveloped parking lot and improved outdoor living spaces are proposed surrounding the project.

The existing 1960s-era building on site was undistinguished and did not serve the full potential of what the site can offer in terms of community development and commercial revitalization. The proposed redevelopment structure serves social, equity, cultural, and public interests beyond its predecessor .The shape, articulation and location of the new design aims to follow the development standards without limiting the potential of the project. It aligns with the intent to create a positive relationship with the community, streetscape and the neighborhood.

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