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Florence Mills Apartments Featured in Architectural Record

Florence Mills Apartments Ariel
October 07, 2021

Florence Mills Apartments (FMA) continues to receive recognition for its innovative and vibrant design. A finalist of Affordable Housing Finance’s Reader’s Choice Awards in the Urban category, it has also been featured on the cover of the magazine as well as receiving a story in Architectural Record. The development continues to be applauded for its community mixed use, affordable and supportive housing focus, and links to the jazz era in South Central LA.

FMA was developed by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), a nonprofit affordable housing developer with decades of experience in building service-enriched affordable housing, and designed by Killefer Flammang Architecture (KFA), an award-winning architecture firm in Los Angeles.

The building also features murals created by local artist Myisha Arellanus to celebrate the legacy of the building’s namesake Florence Mills, an extraordinary African American singer and dancer, and a passionate advocate of civil rights during the golden age of Jazz in the 1920s.

The development includes 74 new apartments, with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedrooms, approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial retail on the ground floor (which will be utilized by a local nonprofit to provide tuition-free music instruction to FMA’s residents aged 4 and older), community spaces for on-site resident services and one level of subterranean parking. The apartment community will be home to fifty-four large low-income families and nineteen homeless veterans and families. The architecture thoughtfully integrates design elements to both satisfy the needs of future residents, foster a sense of community, and reduce the environmental impact of the building.

We are proud to have been a part of FMA’s success in supporting the people of South Central LA and are glad it continues to receive the recognition it has earned. Our partners at HCHC have delivered a beautiful and innovative supportive affordable housing development that will be a boon to its community for years to come.

To learn more about the development, click here.

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