Non-profit developer Meta Housing Corp. has broken ground on a new senior affordable housing complex in Baldwin Hills.

The Metro @ Buckingham Apartments, which will rise from a long-vacant site at 4018-4030 Buckingham Road, calls for the construction of a four-story building featuring 102 one-bedroom apartments reserved for seniors aged 62 and older earning between 35 and 60 percent of the Los Angeles area median income.  Plans also call for a central lawn, a community room, a fitness center, on-site supportive services, and 60 at-grade parking spaces.

Rents will be set between $507 and $1,014 per month, according to a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.  Half of the units will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors and those with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities.

The four-story building is being designed by The Architects CollectiveAccording to the Inglewood-based firm's website, the design of the Metro @ Buckingham is shaped by the irregular project site and zoning restrictions which mandate a 50-foot building height at the property line.

The $38.5-million project is the second phase of a senior affordable complex, which shares a block with an outpatient medical facility recently completed by Kaiser Permanente.  Both are located just east of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, which is slated for redevelopment as the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line heads toward completion.

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