Project profile: Step Up on 5th
This mixed-use project provides 46 studio apartments of permanent affordable housing and supportive services for the homeless and mentally disabled population in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The density of the project is 258 dwelling units/acre, which exceeds the average density of Manhattan by more than 10%.
The mixed-use plan includes ground-level commercial space. Residents have access to a computer center and are provided with services tailored to support low-income families, such as computer training and after-school programs.
The building is located in a transit-oriented location with access to community resources and services, providing a healthy living environment for residents and using resources efficiently.
The owner brought the general contractor and all major sub-contractors into the project team at the start to facilitate a smoother building process.
(2011 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects recipient)