THE SPARK AT MIDTOWN

 
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PARTNERS
LINC Housing, City of Long Beach, Enterprise Community Partners, D33

COMPLETION DATE
Ongoing

ROLE
Consultant

 

The development will include ninety-five units of family-oriented & supportive housing, as well as groundfloor spaces for community partners including the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.

LINC Housing is partnering with the City of Long Beach to develop the Spark at Midtown, a mixed-use affordable housing community along the Long Beach Boulevard Transit corridor. Nearly one hundred dwelling units consist of permanent supportive housing, and family housing, serving the growing need in this diverse community. The units are oriented around a pair of courtyards with bountiful common areas and amenities.

The entirety of the ground floor is dedicated to a collection of nonprofit organizations curated to serve new residents above and already living in the surrounding neighborhood. Future partners include the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, the Long Beach Health and Human Services, a family health clinic, a teaching kitchen, and multiple social enterprises. As part of the Spark, the adjacent Rhea Street will be closed to traffic and converted into anew public open space, complete with a playground, outdoor fitness equipment, and a community garden.

Since the Spark’s inception, City Fabrick has collaborated with LINC Housing to develop the urban design, communications, and project program. City Fabrick continues to be involved through integration and implementation, working with partners to design each of the unique street-level community space, and provide landscape design services for the public open space and streets cape, including accommodations for a future cycle track along Long Beach Boulevard.

The design process for these community integration elements included prototyping the plaza design and program partners for a daylong pop-up park, which influenced design and programming elements for the final project. The innovative outreach and engagement strategy was supported through a grant funded by Enterprise Community Partners. The summary report of the pop-up Park event is located here.