Green Senior Housing Opens Its LA Doors

The opening of the Dana Strand Senior Apartments, an affordable housing development for seniors in Los Angeles occured earlier this month. The apartments were developed by ROEM Corporation and La Cienega LOMOD, in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, on a former public housing site. Dana Strand now features 100 one-bedroom apartments for those with annual incomes at or below 30% of the Los Angeles County Area Median Income.

Dana Strand is an infill site and was designed to LEED Silver specification, using sustainable building practices and incorporating green elements for added efficiency. Besides being healthy in the environmental sense, these efficiency measures also keep costs down for residents. High-efficiency lighting and low-flow plumbing, as well as tankless water heaters and a water reclaiming system, help in this regard. Dana Strand’s roof as well was designed to reduce the heat-island effect caused by many rooftops in urban areas.

Image via ROEM

During construction, the team used a waste diversion program, recycling about 75% of construction waste, and recycled, low-emission and local materials were used during the build out phase.

Jonathan Emani, Vice President of ROEM Develeopment Corporation, feels that the Dana Strand project serves as a symbol for the positive outcomes of collaboration between public and private organizations. “With ROEM’s dedicated commitment to true partnerships with local governments and organizations and utilization of environmentally responsible building techniques, we feel that Dana Strand has set new standards for craftsmanship, community and sustainability,” he said.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.