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Michael Maltzan's Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

by , 01/25/13

Star Apartments, Michael Maltzan Architects, los angeles, homeless housing, prefab apartments, green renovation, skid row housing trust

Located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue along the border of Skid Row, Star Apartments is a new model for urban development. This is the third project by Michael Maltzan for Skid Row Housing Trust after both the Rainbow and New Carver Apartments. The site originally had a 1-story building and rather than tear it down, Michael Maltzan decided to build right on top of it with five-storys of community space and apartments. The project will have 102 efficiency apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless in the downtown core. The ground floor will be used as retail space, the first floor will be a community area with recreation and shared spaces, while the next four floors will be used for residences.

The project was faced with a tight budget and time schedule, so the decision was made to go prefab in order to decrease construction time from 18-22 months to 13 months. The prefab modules are built by Guerdon Enterprises of Boise, Idaho and are now being craned into place. The 97,000 sq ft project will cost an estimated $20.5 million and is the first multi-unit housing project for homeless individuals to utilize prefabrication in the City of Los Angeles. The project is also on target for LEED certification and is targeting Platinum level. Construction is expected to be complete by 2013.

+ Michael Maltzan Architecture

Via Architectural Record

Images ©Michael Maltzan Architecture

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  1. sarah.madueno September 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hi my name is Sarah Madueno And Im A outpatient at USC hospital on Marengo st in Los Angeles, I was in the emergency room about 2 weeks ago and I\’m Homeless and have stage 2 cervical cancer So, A Social worker by the name Yvonne Degadillo came to my room and told me about the Star Apartment on maple and 6th street. So I filled an application for the apartments, I\’m still going to my appointments at USC my next visit is Sept. 19,2013 For result on a follow up. I\’m very depressed by not having a stable living arrangement in this time of my Life. This would be a prayer answered for me if I could have the privlage to live in one of your studios. Thank You Sarah Madueno

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