Killefer Flammang Architects Completes Conversion of Historic Church to Affordable Seniors Housing

by Jeff Shaw

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA) has completed Immanuel Place, an affordable seniors housing community in the Bluff Heights Historic District of Long Beach.

The $12 million project converted the 90-year-old Immanuel Church into a 31,000-square-foot, 25-unit community. Thomas Safran & Associates developed the property.

The adaptive reuse project preserved the church’s stained-glass windows, pipe organ and three-story sanctuary. The development also moved an adjacent home to another area of Long Beach, making room for a parking lot.

Immanuel Place was financed through a combination of Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity from Union Bank, an Infill Grant from the California State Department of Housing and Community Development, a loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HOME Investment Partnership Program funds from the City of Long Beach/The Long Beach Community Investment Company, a loan from the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, and funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

KFA is an architecture and design firm specializing in urban infill and adaptive reuse projects. The company is based in Santa Monica.

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