Sponsored jointly by the Oldtimers Housing Development Corporation and the National Council of Senior Citizens, the Steel Plaza is a striking residential building for low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities at the corner of Union Avenue and West Third Street in Los Angeles.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Los Angeles, the building accommodates 66 one-bedroom units on a one-half acre site. At a density of over 150 units/acre, the building is composed of four residential floors, in a fully sprinklered, wood-frame structure, above one level of concrete construction which contains resident parking and all community and administrative spaces.
The residential floors are U-shaped and wrap around a central landscaped courtyard. Lounges at each floor overlook the courtyard while a trellised seating area at the south end of the garden overlooks the street below.
While efficiently arranged, like a boutique hotel, the administrative and community spaces front on Third Street with the community dining room overlooking the intersection like a sidewalk cafe.