One of the most recent additions to rental housing is the Hollywood Arts Collective-a 152-unit community for artists in the heart of Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard between Wilcox and Schrader. Just steps away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the project has access to public transportation, health facilities, community services, restaurants and shopping.
The Collective offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with modern amenities, air conditioning and balconies. Preference is given to artists-someone who is regularly engaged in an artistic, creative, or cultural activity or practice, pursues such practice on a professional basis and who earns below the area media income.
A culmination of 13 years of cultural planning and development by the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund), developers Thomas Safran & Associates and the City of Los Angeles Departments of Cultural Affairs, Housing and Transportation, the Hollywood Arts Collective is designed to meet the affordable housing and space needs of the Los Angeles cultural community and the economic and job development goals of Hollywood.
In addition to the apartments, the Cicely Tyson Residential Building has three resident gardens, a fitness room, rehearsal studios for resident performers, as well as the new home for the Entertainment Community Fund Western Region Headquarters.
According to the Fund's Western Region Executive Director Keith McNutt. "This project will allow professionals in our industry to live, work and perform in the center of creativity in Los Angeles. Their presence and their work will be an engine of the continued arts-based revitalization of Hollywood."
The Rita Moreno Arts Building will be home to the 71-seat Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Theater, LA Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and the Entertainment Community Fund's Phil and Monica Rosenthal Family Foundation Training Center.
"LACE is excited to plan a space with new lighting and technology that will be even more responsive to the needs of the emerging artists, curators and cultural workers we champion. We're especially thrilled to be part of this unique venture where our neighbors are a community of artists," added Sarah Russin, LACE's Executive Director. DH