Landis Place on King
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
Apartment sizes are modest and in-house services are limited to reduce needed staff and operational costs. 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 Middle Market Housing for Older Adults
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, and 1,400 square feet of office space. Despite their relatively small size and affordability, the apartments deliver open and accessible floor plans, covered parking and a mix of communal areas. Even the 30 smallest units, at 700 square feet, 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.