In a rainy-day ceremony held earlier this month, co-developers LINC Housing Corp. and National CORE broke ground on a new affordable housing complex which will be the largest in the history of the City of Glendale.

Freeway view of 515 Pioneer DriveKFA Architecture

The 515 Pioneer development, named for its address at 515 Pioneer Boulevard, Boulevard, spans a 2.8-acre site which Glendale acquired from AT&T in 2019. Plans call for a nearly 300,000-square-foot apartment complex consisting of 340 units of deed-restricted affordable housing units above a two-level, 342-car subterranean parking garage.

Per a project website, plans call for a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings which will cater to households earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income level. That total will include 92 apartments reserved for seniors aged 62 and older, 245 homes for low-income families and individuals, and three manager's apartments.

KFA Architecture is designing the 515 Pioneer, which will consist of three five-story buildings clad in stucco, fiber cement panels, and thin brick veneer. More than 30,000 square feet of open space is planned across the complex in the form of courtyards, community gardens, rooftop decks, and children's play areas. 

Aerial view of 515 Pioneer DriveKFA Architecture

At the time it was revealed in a 2021 presentation to the Glendale Design Committee, the project was expected to include the conversion of an existing cul-de-sac on Kenilworth Avenue into a pedestrian paseo, which would complement improvements to an existing tunnel beneath the SR-134 freeway leading to Fremont Park, where the developers would build a new plaza.

Completion of 515 Pioneer is expected in Winter 2025, according to the National CORE website.

The project site is one of two large properties acquired by the City of Glendale in 2019 to preserve them for affordable housing development. The other, located at 900-920 Broadway, is now being developed with 92 income-restricted apartments.

515 Pioneer DriveGoogle Maps

LINC and National CORE frequently team up for developments in the Los Angeles region, including a smaller project now under construction in San Pedro.

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