Beacon Development Group was honored as LifeWire’s Community Partner of the Year at their Hope Starts Here Luncheon, held on May 25th in Bellevue, WA. Beacon has been working closely with LifeWire to develop affordable housing for individuals and families escaping domestic violence. We are in the final stages of renovating an existing apartment building with 25 one- and two- bedroom units as well as the new construction of a 2,900 square foot resident service building.
“It is an honor to partner with LifeWire to build housing for survivors facing the impossible choice of staying in an abusive relationship or becoming homeless,” shares Alberta Bleck, the project manager. “We encountered unique challenges in developing this housing, but the strength of the team allowed us to overcome barriers, adding needed shelter and transitional housing units in an area rich with amenities and opportunities for survivors and their families to heal and thrive.”
LifeWire is Washington State’s largest provider serving survivors of domestic violence, offering holistic support, including homelessness and housing stability services, legal assistance, and advocacy. In 2022, LifeWire provided life-saving services to 3,300 survivors across Washington State. Since its formation in 1982, LifeWire has served 160,000 survivors, more than the population of Bellevue.
Beacon is proud to announce the financial closing of KWA 15th & Tacoma for the Korean Women’s Association. The new building in downtown Tacoma will include 88 units of deeply affordable housing for seniors, with a focus for seniors with limited English proficiency. To support residents’ ability to age in place, an onsite social services coordinator will assist residents identify, access, and coordinate services. The building will also include a 2,300 square foot Learning Center where residents and community members can benefit from events and programs of the Korean Women’s Association, including an onsite meal program.
Korean Women’s Association’s 15th & Tacoma project is made possible through funds from the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Community Redevelopment Association, Pierce County, Pierce County Community Development Corporation, the Washington Housing Trust Fund, the HUD 202 program, Key Bank, Key Community Development Corporation, Heritage Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank, and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Design and construction partners include Environmental Works and Marpac Construction.
The redevelopment of the 64-unit Canterbury Village in Santa Clarita, CA and 75-unit The Gardens in Glendale, CA have both reached 50% completion. Canterbury Village started its rehab in May 2022 with completing 4 out of its 6 phases. Closely behind, The Gardens started its rehab in June 2022, with completing 5 out of its 9 phases of the renovation. Completed rehab to date includes renovations of their property management offices, laundry rooms, libraries and community rooms. New mailbox locations and elevator shafts work has been completed as well. Both properties are expected to be completed by mid-2023.
HumanGood Affordable Housing in partnership with Sunnyvale Life, Inc. has secured financing for a new affordable housing community in Morgan Hill, CA. Morgan Hill Senior Housing will be a 3-story apartment building consisting of 83 large one-bedroom units serving low-income and special needs seniors.
Outdoor amenities include a central courtyard, raised planter beds, drought tolerant landscaping, a covered walkway and drop-off area that leads to 37-pervious resident parking spaces. Equipped with photovoltaic solar panels on the roof top, this apartment building will be fully electric only. Interior features include a welcoming lobby, manager and service coordinator offices, community room, secured laundry room, media room, fitness center and a 3rd floor roof deck open space. The total building square footage is estimated to be 69,825 sq. ft.
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.