Nine months after breaking ground just south of the SR-134, construction continues for an affordable housing complex which will be the largest in the history of the City of Glendale.

The project, a joint venture from Linc Housing Corp. and National CORE, is now taking shape on a former AT&T site at 515 Pioneer Drive which Glendale acquired in 2019. The 2.8-acre property will eventually yield an apartment complex consisting of 340 studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings which will cater to households earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income level. Plans also call for a two-level, 342-car subterranean parking garage.

Aerial view of 515 Pioneer DriveKFA Architecture

KFA Architecture is designing the approximately 300,000-square-foot development, which will feature a trio of five-story buildings. Plans show an exterior of stucco, fiber cement panels, and thin brick veneer, as well as open spaces and common features such as courtyards, community gardens, rooftop decks, and children's play areas. 

When the project was presented in 2021 to the Glendale Design Committee, plans called for the conversion of an existing cul-de-sac on Kenilworth Avenue into a pedestrian paseo. That would connect to an existing tunnel beneath the SR-134 freeway leading to Fremont Park, where the developers would build a new plaza.

Construction at 515 Pioneer DriveUrbanize LA

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.

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