March 18, 2020 – Meta Housing Corporation, a Los Angeles-based developer, in a joint venture partnership with Western Community Housing, Inc., a Southern California-based non-profit public benefit corporation, has announced the completion of Metro @ Western, a 33-unit transit-oriented, affordable apartment community in Los Angeles, California.
According to Meta Housing’s President Kasey Burke, the apartment community provides quality housing for homeless veterans and families.
“We are one of the most active affordable housing developers in Los Angeles. We place an emphasis on creating high-quality apartments that fill a need in the local community, are located near transit, incorporate unique amenities, and are sustainably built,” says Burke. “In fact, Los Angeles recently surpassed San Francisco as the least affordable housing market in the nation. This has created a tremendous need for affordably priced housing in LA, especially for veterans and families. Metro @ Western aids in filling this need.”
Meta and Western Community Housing partnered with several public entities including, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles County Development Authority, the state of California, the County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles to bring this apartment community to fruition.
According to Los Angeles County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, “These grand openings are occurring at a pace like never before, but I believe we can take it to another level – a Comprehensive Crisis Response. We are housing 130 people every day, but the shortage of affordable apartments remains dire. We must all be inspired by partners like Meta Housing and Western Community Housing, and act with compassion and urgency to make Los Angeles County a place where all residents have a place to call home.”
The $20.1 million new development is located in close proximity to downtown Los Angeles, near the Western Stop of the Metro Expo Line, and less than a quarter mile from various public schools, a medical clinic, pharmacy, grocery store, retailers and restaurants.
“Walkability and being close to public transit are always important components in all of our projects,” explains Burke. “We carefully curate our apartment communities near transit hubs and other services so that residents have easy access to surrounding amenities and are engaged with the local community.”
In addition to its quality location, the four-story apartment community features a variety of community-focused amenities including outdoor lounge areas, a large community room with kitchen, and a play structure, among other amenities.
“Our residents are top of mind in any of the communities we develop,” says Burke. “We want to create safe and high-quality environments that improve their daily lives while also encouraging engagement and socialization. This can be seen through the variety of community and outdoor spaces at Metro @ Western. Each of these is thoughtfully designed to connect residents and aid in building a sense of community.”
Metro @ Western was also built to LEED Gold rated standard and features the latest in sustainable features, adds Vice President at Meta Housing Tim Soule.
“Sustainability is not only important to our projects, but also for the local community,” says Soule. “We want to ensure that we are reducing our carbon footprint and creating communities that are sustainable. At Metro @ Western we incorporated a variety of sustainable features including a LEED Gold Certification, Graywater treatment and reuse system, Energy Star labeled appliances, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and more.
Metro @ Western offers a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and is located 3671 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles.