Tiki Apartments is a 35-unit affordable supportive housing for the homeless located in Walnut Park, CA. The project consisted of both the rehabilitation of two existing buildings and the construction of a new building. Rehabilitation of the existing buildings involved renovation of a vacant motel and existing apartment complex. The scope of work included interior renovation of the existing nineteen (19) residential units.
Within the residential units at Tiki Apartments, demolition included the existing flooring, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and countertops, windows, tub and shower combination, toilet, and in-wall gas heater. On the exterior, demolition included the small section of CMU wall dividing the front of the property at 7223 Santa Fe Avenue from 7301 Santa Fe Avenue to create a common front between the properties. The new construction took place on vacant land adjacent to the motel building and included the construction of 4 new apartment units with a standalone office and recreation space. The amenities include a courtyard, outdoor fitness area, on-site laundry, and gardening plots, all intended to promote wellness, self-sufficiency, and community.
Some of the challenges on the project included extensive amount of dry rot on the rehabilitation phase of the project, complete re-pipe of all the sewers, and coordination with the utility companies to combine the multiple sites. There was a limited budget for the project combined with a core set of plans with only essential elements detailed.
Completed December 2016.