As completion nears for the $100-million Fountainview at Gonda, the Los Angeles Jewish Home is now looking to build its second community outside of its longtime base in the San Fernando Valley.

Yesterday, the nonprofit operator of senior housing announced plans for a new eldercare facility in the Beverly-Fairfax area, a short distance west of the Grove.  The project, which would rise on Beverly Boulevard between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Laurel Avenue, is being developed in conjunction with local real estate firm Black Equities Group.

Plans call for the construction of a six-story building featuring 100 residential units, separated into independent living, assisted living and memory care units.  At ground level, space would be set aside for the new synagogue of Congregation Beth Israel, an Orthodox Jewish congregation which currently occupies a building on the site.  A two-level garage would sit beneath the building, offering parking accommodations for up to 137 vehicles.

The proposed development would also include a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a  the gap between independent and assited living.  Dubbed the "Brandman Centers for Senior Care," the PACE Center would be open to residents of both the new building and the surrounding neighborhood.

The project is being designed by Belzberg Architects, a local firm which previously worked on the nearby Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park.

Image courtesy of Los Angeles Jewish Home

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

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