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 is pleased to announce the recent hiring of five new team members: Cacima Lee, Roberta Schur, Miranda Nelson, Anna Bascom, and Amar Halaweh.
Cacima Lee is a seasoned community and political organizer with her most recent project the resettlement of Afghan refugees. She recently graduated from the University of Washington’s Evans School with her Master’s in Public Administration. We are excited to welcome her as our office manager.
Roberta Schur brings over 20 years of experience in affordable housing and community development to the team as our
new Senior Housing Developer. Roberta worked previously with the Tacoma Housing Authority and similar nonprofits in the Chicago area and the Puget Sound.
Miranda Nelson joins us as an Asset Manager, helping oversee properties with HUD and LIHTC layers in Washington State. Prior to joining BDG, she worked for the Washington State Department of Commerce overseeing a portfolio of affordable housing as a Compliance Asset Manager.
Anna Bascom began her affordable housing career 11 years ago as a HUD Performance-Based Contract Administrator where she supported the preservation of thousands of affordable housing units. She joins Beacon Development Group in 2022 as the Asset Manager Lead.
Amar Halaweh is a senior at the University of Washington studying Real Estate. Prior to joining Beacon, she worked as an Escrow Assistant at Shannon Escrow Inc. We’re excited to have her join us as our Housing Development Intern through the Housing Development Consortium.
Finally, Beacon proudly celebrates George Sousou’s promotion to Construction Management Director – California. We look forward to expanding the work we do in California to better serve the community.
Beacon Development Group’s Development Director, Beth Boram, chats with a Housing Washington conference attendee at the Beacon booth.
October 2nd and 3rd, Beacon Development Group had the pleasure of sponsoring the first in-person Housing Washington Conference since the pandemic. Beacon Development staff attended workshops throughout the day, with Vice President Brian Lloyd presenting the session “Housing 101.” Staff mingled with conference participants who visited the Beacon booth during the conference and shared more about projects currently in construction or recently finished.
Beacon Development Group looks forward to continuing their efforts towards affordable housing in Washington State. See you all again next year at Housing Washington 2023!
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.
HumanGood Affordable Housing (HGAH) and Beacon Development Group are proud to be selected from a pool of 146 applications as the recipient of a Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Award, securing the highest award amount of $12 million. Coupled with HGAH’s receipt of the 2020 CMF Award, this brings a total of $17 million in funding for its affordable housing development efforts.
The CMF Awards are offered by the US Department of the Treasury’s Community Development and Financial Institutions Fund to support affordable housing and related community service facilities. These include learning centers, daycares, community centers – facilities HGAH and Beacon Development Group already have a long history of building.
HGAH and Beacon Development Group anticipate disbursing and completing projects with the $17 million in CMF Award funding by September of 2027.
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.
We are seeking a PT Office Manager for our Seattle Office. The position is 30 hours per week with full benefits. To apply for the position please follow this link Apply Here.
- Oversee space planning and coordinates installations as needed;
- Manages front desk reception area including greeting walk-ins and providing refreshments as requested;
- Manages, prepares orders, and stocks office, housekeeping and emergency preparedness supplies;
- Manages general condition of the overall office, kitchen, shower facility, and storage areas;
- Ensure office safety protocols and supplies;
- Oversees and/or provides appliance and equipment maintenance including cleaning, replacing, supplies, and placing service calls;
- Assists with copier, fax, postage, and printer equipment and systems, including troubleshooting, rotating network system backup tapes, and maintaining service records;
- Monitors office security systems and distributes/tracks key fobs;
- Manages company vehicle schedule, maintenance, parking passes, and light rail passes;
- Works with Vice Presidents to plan and oversee logistical support for all company-wide events (e.g. retreats, conferences, social gatherings, etc.);
- Manages telephones including some degree of phone answering and directing of calls, insuring proper recorded messages are set up and operating, and reports any problems with telephone or answering systems;
- Maintains relationships with vendors, suppliers, and property management;
- Assumes other office management responsibilities as requested.
- Proven ability to exercise a high level of confidentiality.
- Demonstrates familiarity with and ability to operate standard office equipment, use of MS Office Suite and Adobe, event planning and marketing.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently with day-to-day tasks and collaboratively within a team.
- Manage interruptions and able to prioritize multiple tasks.
- Maintain good working relationships with parent company team members.
Information Technology Vendor point of contact
All duties below are performed with support from third party IT consultant and Vice President (supervisor);
- Manages purchasing of all computer equipment as recommended by IT consultant and with approval of direct supervisor
- Facilitates resolution of issues tied to computers, network, server, etc. with third party vendor as needed
- Provides support to staff regarding use and issues with computer systems; password resets, locked outs, memory issues, etc.
- Coordinates with IT consultant regarding issues that cannot be solved internally.
- Opens, sorts, and distributes incoming mail;
- Assists with on-boarding of new staff;
- Schedules team meetings and organizes catering when necessary;
- Provides administrative support for Directors and Senior Project Managers for applications, draws, and general project management as needed;
- Provides administrative support to Asset Management as needed;
- Serves as member of the marketing committee;
- Manages Beacon client, contact database;
- Provides other administrative support assistance as needed by staff
Education – High school diploma or equivalent; Associates degree desirable
Experience/Training – Minimum of 3 years of experience in administrative support, office management, vendor management, project coordination and customer service.
For more information regarding this position please contact Brian Lloyd – Brianl@beacondevgroup.com.
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.