All-age Housing I Community Development

Spark at Midtown
A 95-unit affordable and supportive housing community in Long Beach.

CONTACT

1900 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90806

Phone: 562.612.4459

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

About

Spark at Midtown promotes healthy living, education and opportunity, neighborhood engagement, and digital connectivity as part of Long Beach's Midtown Specific Plan.
By partnering with its residents, medical centers, and local community groups, Linc Housing activated the City's vision to create vibrant public spaces for Long Beach residents. Linc added an engaging outdoor public park and retail spaces to create a mixed-use neighborhood that connects housing with community-serving assets.

Our key partners on the ground floor help serve the community and provide opportunity. Both Spark and neighborhood residents have access to healthcare through the Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center clinic within the building. This expands available options for family and internal medicine, including preventative care and management of chronic conditions. We've also created a new home for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach's programs, including the Youth Institute. For more than a decade, this year-round program has used technology to promote positive youth development and create pathways to post-secondary education and career readiness of low-income, culturally diverse urban high school youth.


Spark at Midtown, a mixed-use development, brings affordable apartments, community-serving retail, and a multi-faceted outdoor park space to the City of Long Beach.

Property Details

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PRODUCT MIX

53 units at 30% AMI
2 units at 50% AMI
39 units at 60% AMI
1 manager unit
1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
from 570 - 1,068 sq. ft.
47 one-bedrooms
24 two-bedrooms
24 three-bedrooms

Community features

Community room with computer lab
After-school program room
Meeting rooms
Tot lot
Courtyards and community garden
Bike amenities
Public art
Community teaching kitchen
Convenient access to public transportation, shopping, and services
Flexible commercial space
Mini park open to the public
Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center clinic
YMCA of Greater Long Beach;
- Youth Institute
- Change Agent Productions
- New American Welcome Center

Sustainability

A partnership with the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the California Energy Commission allows access to a larger capacity battery to store more solar energy to use at times of peak demand to serve a larger apartment community. UCR will track savings on residents' electric bills. The aim is for residents to save money that can be used for other necessities, including health and education expenses. Spark at Midtown has also registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Gold certification.

Development Team

Linc Housing

Developer

Walton Construction Inc.

Contractor

WHA Architects; D33 design & Planning; City Fabrick

Collaborating Architects

Primus Building Solutions

Construction Management

Capital one, NA

Construction Lender

PERMANENT SOURCES

Conventional Loan: Century Housing
Los Angeles County - General Funds + 4th District
Long Beach Community Investment Company LMIAHF Loan
California HCD Infrastructure Infill Grant
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco:
Affordable Housing Program (AHP)
City Impact Fee Waiver
GP Contribution
9% LIHTC - TCAC - Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc.
Predevelopment support was provided by The California Endowment. Grant funds to design and equip community-serving facilities at Spark were provided by Wells Fargo, City National Bank, and The Ahmanson Foundation. Grant support to pilot programs at Spark were provided by Capital One, California Community Foundation, and Union Bank.

Awards

BEST ON-THE-BOARDS AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY

Gold Nugget, 2019 Award of Merit Honoree