After nearly two years of construction, Beacon Development Group and HumanGood Affordable Housing celebrated the grand reopening of Castle Argyle Apartments in Los Angeles, CA. With construction completed back in May 2022, this 96-unit senior housing community has been redeveloped to be better than ever.
The building renovations included seismic upgrades; new mechanical systems such as two new elevators; new electrical systems and energy upgrades through solar voltaic panels to help offset electricity costs; as well as new plumbing systems. On the interior, the grand lobby was designed to highlight is classic Hollywood style and new offices layouts including space for resident services and a nurse. All unit interiors received new appliances, kitchens, and bathrooms. Each unit also received a central heating and air conditioning system for the first time. Exterior site work upgrades include new drought-tolerant landscaping and concrete/asphalt repaving, exterior building repairs and painting.
The iconic “Castle Argyle” sign that sits atop the building and the historic “Castle Argyle Arms” sign above the entry staircase on Argyle Avenue were also restored to its original neon colors and are fully operational again. Two new murals were also added; one inside the lobby and an external mural on the parking structure wall. The lobby mural provides a decorative and welcoming visual feature for residents and visitors which has a prominent position upon entry. The exterior mural serves not only as a powerful artistic feature enhancing a large concrete wall, but also represents the diverse history of Castle Argyle, its residents and the community. Muralist Roberto Biaggi, an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico who has over 125 international installations, developed the final design.
A combination of tax-exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credits was used to fund the rehabilitation of the entire building. The tax credit equity partner and construction lender for the building was U.S. Bank, and permanent financing was provided by Citibank Community Capital. Special thanks are due to the project team of Relativity Architects and Walton Construction, the general contractor.
Beacon Development Group is proud to be the recent recipient of two different awards for exemplary service to the community: the Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
Beacon and Hopeworks Social Enterprises are proud to be the recipients of ULI’s “Award of Excellence 2022” for Hopeworks Station North. Hopeworks Station North provides 65 units of housing for homeless and low-income individuals, with 57 dedicated to those facing homelessness. On the ground floor, multiple job-training programs provide pathways to employment and economic stability. Hopeworks additionally offers an internship program for 75 low-income individuals annually. Internships include their culinary food service program called FoodWorks, a retail training center, and a youth career center.
Additionally, Beacon and the Yakima Housing Authority are proud to be the recipients of the “Award of Merit 2022” for Community Revitalization from NAHRO for Chuck Austin Place (CAP). CAP provides 41 supportive housing units focused on ending veteran homelessness in Yakima through affordable housing and multi-faceted social services. These services include a full-time Resident Services Coordinator which works closely with residents to establish goals and connect resident to their goals, a weekly food pantry, and Veterans’ Benefit Coordinators who work with veterans to secure their VA benefits. CAP’s holistic model is unique to Yakima, to veterans, and to service collaboration.
Beacon Development Group is proud to be recognized for their service to those facing homelessness and housing instability in our communities.
On Saturday, August 6th, staff from HumanGood Affordable Housing, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and local elected officials came together to celebrate the grand opening of Northaven West. The festivities included a community picnic and music from The West Seattle Band.
Northaven West was built in partnership with Northaven Senior Housing and HumanGood Affordable Housing. The original Northaven property was developed under the Section 236 program 50+ years ago. The new NHW building was built on the surface parking lot and brings 82 additional units of affordable housing for independent living seniors while offering amenities including an outdoor garden area, library, and campus-wide wellness activities.
Those living at Northaven West enjoy walkable access to shopping, medical facilities, parks, and the Northgate Light Rail Station.
On June 2022, the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS), local community leaders, and HumanGood Affordable Housing staff celebrated the grand opening of the Filipino Community Village. This new development brings 94 units of affordable housing to Rainier Valley for low-income seniors earning up to 30%, 50%, and 60% of area median income.
Situated adjacent to the FCS Community Center, residents and visitors to the space have access to the FCS’s food bank, community activities, and other programming. This project additionally brings to the community an Innovative Learning Center to provide resources and a space for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs for young people in Rainier Valley. The project also incorporates a spectacular multi-panel mural by artist Eliseo Silva which depicts in great detail extensive elements of Filipino history, culture, and the local immigrant experience.
The work doesn’t stop. FCS looks forward to breaking ground on Filipino Community Phase II adjacent to this space very soon, bringing 50 – 60 more units of affordable housing for low-income families to Rainier Valley.
Grand Opening Event in front of newly renovated community room and BBQ area.
On April 12th, 2022, The Board of Third Baptist Gardens, in partnership with HumanGood Affordable Housing, celebrated the completion of the extensive renovations of Frederick Douglas Haynes Apartments. Under the redevelopment oversight of Beacon Development Group, the six building, 104-unit redevelopment included fully renovated apartments with all new electrical, plumbing, and all new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring in addition to a new community room, courtyard, children’s play structure, resident services coordinator’s office and resident BBQ area.
FD Haynes Apartments is a multi-family affordable housing community located in the historic Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, developed in the mid-1970s by Third Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American Churches in the city dating back to the mid-1800s.
The apartments were named after Pastor Frederick Douglas Haynes Sr. who led the church for over 38 years and built Haynes Apartments to provide affordable housing to African American families. Since 1976, the church has been led by Reverend Amos Brown, who has been a civic leader and advocate for keeping African Americans in San Francisco.
Groundbreaking took place in December. Anticipated completion date for the rehabilitation is September 2022 and new construction is January 2023.
Beacon is proud to announce funding for 25 units of emergency and transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence and their children who are coming out of homelessness or are at risk for homelessness. The project includes rehabilitation of residential housing and new construction of a building to provide services. The site is located close to transit, parks, medical services, and other amenities. Funding awards includes $4.3M Housing Finance Program loan and a $2M award from the State Housing Trust Fund. The project team include Environmental Works and Buchanan General Contracting and the client has a stated priority for Minority Business Representation on the project.
Photo by Edison Creative Group (Valleyford, WA)
On the 246th birthday of the US Marine Corps, Beacon joined more than 100 veterans and elected officials to celebrate the opening of Yakima Housing Authority’s (YHA) Chuck Austin Place. The project is located on the former Yakima Armory which was donated to YHA through a federal property disposition program. It provides 14 studios of permanent housing, 17 one-bedroom units, and 10 two-bedroom units for homeless singles and families.
Photo by Edison Creative Group (Valleyford, WA)
The 12,000 SF of social services space will provide comprehensive services in one location for homeless veterans in the Yakima community. Yakima Neighborhood Health Services will operate a primary care clinic and additional social service office space will be occupied by Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) case managers and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) case managers. This project addresses the need in Yakima for housing and services for homeless veterans in the community.
Rendering by Kramer Marks Architects
Beacon Development Group is pleased to announce that HumanGood East has been awarded 9% tax credits by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for a 47 unit senior affordable housing community in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. Janney Street Apartments will serve seniors 62 years of age or older with 5 units set aside for formerly homeless seniors referred by the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Services. All units in the new four-story apartment complex will be one-bedroom apartments and average 670 square feet.
Janney Street Apartments received funding via 9% LIHTC in the amount of $12.0M and Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund program in the amount of $0.6 million. Additionally, the project has been awarded $1.5 million from the City of Philadelphia and is receiving $1.5 million from the Bala Presbyterian Home Foundation.
New landscaping, walkways, and building wayfinding at Frederick Douglas Haynes Apartments.
New cabinetry and appliances in resident units at Frederick Douglas Haynes Apartments.
The redevelopment of the 104-unit Frederick Douglas Haynes Apartments in San Francisco, CA and 94-unit Castle Argyle Apartments in Los Angeles have both reached 50% completion. Each Community started extensive rehab in August 2020, the completed phase 1 redevelopment of Frederick Douglas Haynes included the renovation of all units in three buildings which also encompassed the property management office, laundry room and community room. New landscaping, walkways, repaved parking lots, and mailbox locations have also been installed.
Restored original signage at Castle Argyle Apartments.
New cabinetry and appliances in residential units at Castle Argyle Aprartments.
As we cross 50% project completion at Castle Argyle, much of the seismic foundation work has been completed and new sheer walls have been extended to the 7th floor. A new elevator shaft has been constructed, and the total remodel of half the resident units is nearly done. The restoration of key architectural features in the coming work will showcase the building’s classic look.
Beacon Development is pleased to announce that Shantell Rice and Andy Post have joined the team.
Shantell Rice is our new Senior Housing Developer and Financial Analyst who will manage a variety of publicly funded projects and act as financial analyst to multiple projects focusing on analysis, underwriting, and feasibility. Shantell has a strong financial background that stems from her previous experience leading the underwriting and closing of both equity investments and debt transactions for U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Prior to her role at U.S. Bank, she was an investor relations manager for a LIHTC syndicator.
She holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA in Journalism/Communications from the University of Oregon. Outside of work, Shantell enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and baking cakes and pastry.
Andy Post is our new Development Associate who collaborates with housing developers and construction managers to support projects through the development process. Prior to joining Beacon, Andy worked as a grant writer for housing stabilization, food access, and statewide advocacy programs at Solid Ground and assisted with the predevelopment community engagement for Community Roots Housing’s LGBTQ senior housing building.
Andy studied Political Science at Colorado College and was a Humanity in Action Fellow in Warsaw, Amsterdam, and Seattle. He enjoys playing and teaching piano and attending plays.