This 55+ rental community in the heart of downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania provides much-needed middle-income housing for older adults. The satellite community is designed for older adults who wish to remain in an urban setting and take advantage of the surrounding city’s resources.
The mixed-use building houses 79 apartments, under-building parking and third-party commercial space. Replacing two non-descript, aged buildings, Landis Place on King will help keep the city’s central business district vibrant and growing.
Meeting the Need for Middle Market Senior Housing
In-house services are limited to reduce needed staff and operational costs, while encouraging residents to remain engaged in the greater community. To avoid excavation and rock removal costs, the building design placed the structure on top of the site. Lower areas of the property were then infilled. The simple building form is complemented by glass expanses on the public-facing street facade. Repetitive elements allow for panelized construction. Simple stacking methodologies are used to keep the building cost effective. Nearly all of the MEP units are vertically stacked for efficient distribution.
To fill a local middle market housing gap, 42% of the apartments are priced for those with income below the county median. A Capital Campaign will help maintain 10% of apartments with rates that remain affordable for those at the lower end for the region
Creating Appealing Apartments in a Mixed-Use Urban Setting
Expected to accommodate 100+ residents, the seven-story building has one- and two-bedroom loft-style apartments. It also includes 1,800 square feet of retail shell space (slated to open as Rendezvous Pizzeria & Steak Shop, and 1,400 square feet of office space. The apartments, ranging in size from 739 to 1,209 square feet, deliver open and accessible floor plans, covered parking and a mix of communal areas. Even the smallest units include eat-in kitchens, balconies, walk-in closets and washers/dryers.
Common spaces include elevator lobby/gathering rooms on three floors, a fitness room, and a community room on the top floor. This space opens up to a rooftop terrace with expansive city views. The parking garage roof creates a second floor patio and outdoor green space overlooking the street.
Visit the Landis Place on King website to schedule a tour, see apartment floor plans, request a brochure or learn more about this new 55+ mixed use residence in downtown Lancaster.
The Courtyards at Lowman are a collection of pocket neighborhoods that provide a new monthly rental option for seniors at a middle income level. The first phase is comprised of two pocket neighborhoods, each offering ten unique cottage-style apartment homes with common spaces to encourage a sense of shared experience among residents. The grouping of ten homes helped to increase density on the eight-acre site while maintaining the single-story cottage-style desired in the region. The site plan envisions future phases of pocket neighborhoods that are being constructed incrementally.
Middle Market Pocket Neighborhoods
The individual apartments range in size from 740 to 1,018 square feet. The open floor plan models are designed for maximum flow and natural light. Included features include walk-in closets, accessible bathing and side-by-side washers and dryers. Each home has both an open courtyard, perfect for socializing with neighbors, and a more private rear porch for relaxing or charging a golf cart. A dedicated vehicle parking spot is provided just a short walk away.
Creating a Sense of Community
A 520 SF clubroom is included in each pocket neighborhood to provide a space where residents can gather together, entertain guests or enjoy a range of potential wellness, lifelong learning or other programming. Each apartment cluster surrounds a landscaped common courtyard with livable porches to enhance outdoor recreation and socializing with neighbors.
A new patio with outdoor fireplace was added between the new pocket neighborhoods and existing community spaces. Outdoor walking paths and sidewalks connect residents living in the pocket neighborhoods to the Heritage at Lowman wellness center which offers bistro dining, a full fitness center and other resident services and amenities.
Photography Credit: Nathan Cox Photography