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Real Estate Development

Palm Village ApartmentsBuilding housing, community facilities and commercial space - and helping other community-based organizations also serving low-income people to do the same for their respective communities - is a cornerstone of our community and economic development strategy. Our Real Estate Development Program has developed over 600 units of affordable housing for low-income families, children and individuals and over 120,000 square feet of community facilities and commercial space.

 
Affordable Housing

LTSC’s Real Estate Development Program has two main areas of activity: 1) Little Tokyo Real Estate Development Projects and 2) the API Housing Collaborative.
Little Tokyo
Since 1993, LTSC has built affordable housing, community facilities and commercial space in Little Tokyo, a small neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles located between Skid Row, the Arts District and the Civic Center. Little Tokyo is our primary service area – both in terms of economic/community revitalization activities and the provision of social services. We have developed multiple projects in Little Tokyo including the recently completed Far East Building, a rehabilitation of a red-tagged historic building into 16 units of affordable housing and two commercial storefronts.
API Housing Collaborative

LTSC’s Real Estate Development Program has two main areas of activity: 1) Little Tokyo Real Estate Development Projects and 2) the API Housing Collaborative.


Little Tokyo

Far East BuildingSince 1993, LTSC has built affordable housing, community facilities and commercial space in Little Tokyo, a small neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles located between Skid Row, the Arts District and the Civic Center. Little Tokyo is our primary service area – both in terms of economic/community revitalization activities and the provision of social services. We have developed multiple projects in Little Tokyo including the recently completed Far East Building, a rehabilitation of a red-tagged historic building into 16 units of affordable housing and two commercial storefronts.


API Housing Collaborative

The Asian Pacific Islander Housing Collaborative, a component of our Real Estate Development Program, provides real estate development technical assistance through a consortium of over 50 Asian Pacific Islander community-based organizations. Through the Collaborative, we provide technical assistance to – and in some cases, partner with – social service organizations who have identified a great need to build affordable housing and community facilities for their low-income communities, but lack the real estate expertise to do so. We have provided assistance to over 30 community-based organizations, which has led to the completion of a dozen projects, totaling approximately 350 units of affordable housing and 100,000 square feet of community space. The affordable housing we have developed through the API Housing Collaborative includes a broad range of housing types, including large multifamily housing projects, housing for seniors, a group home for developmentally disabled adults, transitional shelters for domestic violence survivors, and supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals.

 
Community Facilities

LTSC is part of the Budokan of Los Angeles (formerly the Little Tokyo Recreation Center) campaign, a community effort to build a multi-purpose recreation center in Little Tokyo.

Budokan of Los Angeles

We support the vision to build a recreation center in Little Tokyo as it would serve many varied purposes. It would help to support the businesses in Little Tokyo and downtown; it would provide a recreational space for young people and families to frequent; it would be a major tournament center for volleyball, basketball, and the martial arts; it would provide space for a senior citizen nutrition and fitness program; and it would provide space for community arts programs.

For more information on the Budokan, visit http://budokanoflosangeles.com/.

 
Housing Portfolio
Angelina Apartments
Angelina Apartments is an 82-unit affordable housing complex located in the Temple-Beaudry area of Echo Park, in downtown Los Angeles. The Angelina Headstart Preschool, providing early child development services for over 70 children ages 3 to 5, is located on the ground floor.
Casa Heiwa
Casa Heiwa (Spanish and Japanese for 'House of Harmony') is a 100 unit affordable housing complex located in Little Tokyo. It was built in 1996 and has won a variety of awards, including the Great Western/Washington Mutual Housing Award, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing Project of the Year, Best Urban Project Tax Credit Excellence Award, and the HUD Best Practices Award. The ground floor is home to the offices of LTSC CDC.
Cesar Chavez Gardens
Cesar Chavez Gardens is a 47 unit affordable housing complex located in Chinatown. LTSC CDC partnered with the Chinatown Service Center to build Cesar Chavez Gardens, which was completed in 2002. It was recognized with a HUD Best Practices Award and a Local Initiatives Support Corporation Partner Award.
Far East Building
The Far East Building is a historic, mixed-use building with a cafe and computer learning center on the ground floor and 16 units of affordable housing, including 8 units  of permanent supportive housing that house formerly homeless individuals. The Far East Building has been recognized with a LA Conservancy Historic Preservation Award and was named a National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Park Service Save America's Treasures site.
Kosumosu Transitional Housing
Kosumosu is a transitional house for domestic violence survivors and their children. It is named after the cosmos (Kosumosu in Japanese), a resilient flower that endures even under the harshest wear and tear. Kosumosu was recognized by the Southern California Association of Non-Proft Housing as the 2002 Project of the Year.
Pacific Bridge
Pacific Bridge Adult Residential Facility provides housing, supportive services, and 24-hour live-in care to six high-functioning developmentally disabled adults. In this culturally and linguistically sensitive environment, developmentally challenged adults gain independent living skills, learn to integrate into the larger community, and eventually make a transition to independent living.
San Pedro Firm Building
The San Pedro Firm Building is a mixed-use building with four commercial storefronts on the ground floor and 42 units of affordable housing on the top floors. It is located in the Little Tokyo Historic District, a National Parks Service-recognized site of historical and cultural value.
Union Center for the Arts
The historic Union Center for the Arts was formerly Union Church, a Japanese American church that was condemned after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. After $3.5 million in renovations, the Union Center for the Arts was born. It houses three premiere Southern California arts institutions: East West Players, Visual Communications, and LA Artcore.
CPAF Transitional Shelter
In 2001, LTSC provided project management services to the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) to develop a 24-bed supportive transitional housing facility for homeless survivors of domestic violence. On-site amenities include a childcare room, a library with computers for resident use, a counseling room, a counseling office and a community room.
Sammy Davis Jr. Manor
Sammy Davis Jr. Manor is a 46-studio unit apartment building located on the eastern edge of Koreatown. LTSC assisted the Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC) with acquiring and renovating the building in 2000.
Asian Pacific Health and Healing Center
In 1997, LTSC provided technical assistance to the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (APHCV) so it could acquire and renovate a community health center in East Hollywood. The 19,000 square foot facility provides a full range of primary care services for indigent and low-income individuals and families.
Pacific Housing Development
In 2005, LTSC CDC and Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC) collaborated on the development of Pacific Housing, a 6 unit permanent supportive housing project in Monterey Park. The project features five one-bedroom units and a two-bedroom home that serves low-income adults with mental disabilities with a range of independent living skills.
Palm Village Senior Housing
In 2008, LTSC CDC and the Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) collaborated on the development of Palm Village Senior Housing, a 60 unit independent senior housing facility in the Sun Valley district of the City of Los Angeles. The project features over 5,500 sq. ft. of recreation space for the seniorAngelina Apartments

Angelina Apartments

AngelinaAngelina Apartments is an 82-unit affordable housing complex located in the Temple-Beaudry area of Echo Park, in downtown Los Angeles. The Angelina Headstart Preschool, providing early child development services for over 70 children ages 3 to 5, is located on the ground floor.


Casa Heiwa

Casa HeiwaCasa Heiwa (Spanish and Japanese for 'House of Harmony') is a 100 unit affordable housing complex located in Little Tokyo. It was built in 1996 and has won a variety of awards, including the Great Western/Washington Mutual Housing Award, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing Project of the Year, Best Urban Project Tax Credit Excellence Award, and the HUD Best Practices Award. The ground floor is home to the offices of LTSC CDC.

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