Magis Realty, Community Development Partners, City of Santa Ana
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The Aqua Bridge Community will fill a need for permanent supportive housing for the homeless population of Santa Ana providing nearly sixty dwelling units among a diverse array of amenities, open spaces and services. Its location is ideally situated among over two dozen public, social and health service providers, most within a ten minute walk of the Aqua community. Due to the location of the site and unique configuration of the property, Aqua is designed as a series of wall-like shapes that buffer the internal and external functions of the project from the adjacent freeway. The building is further articulated along the Caltrans right-of-way to baffle and diffuse the sound and visibility of the freeway.
The development is configured as a series of three buildings, two consisting of mostly resident dwelling units and the third hosting community amenities, on-site management and spaces for service providers. These interlocking bar-buildings are connected by a series of open walkways and staircases designed to maximize residents’ access to natural light and air while maintaining strong visual connections throughout the community. Along the western portion of the property are a variety of outdoors community spaces, each designed to serve the different emotional and social needs of the residents. The community building hosts various amenities from shared dining and living rooms to exercising physically and mentally. The development was recently approved and secured by Santa Ana City Council.