Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Construction Watch: Affordable housing rising above Eagle Rock Boulevard

Teague Terrace Apartments

EAGLE ROCK — More than four years after it was approved, a 55-unit affordable apartment housing project is now under construction in the 4200 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard.

The four-story Teague Terrace Apartments on the border of Eagle Rock and Glassell Park is one of the largest residential projects now under construction in the area.  Non profit developer Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services will soon begin accepting rental applications for the furnished, single and one-bedroom apartments, which will be reserved for homeless persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness as well as homeless vets.

While zoning would have normally permitted only 18 residential units on the narrow lot, the developer won city approval to build a far larger development since the four-story building would house low-income tenants.

In addition to apartments, Teague Terrace will also contain a computer room and community rooms and on-site support staff.

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  1. So I guess all the Eagle Rock/Glassel Park homeless problems, addiction problems and general related issues will all be concentrated in this one central project? Unless this project has very strong management and stepped up enforcement and resources for the clients that stray from the program, you are looking at a neighborhood that is going to wear the brunt of the fallout.

    Let’s hope for the best!

    • the same thing was said about the low-income project in silver lake at vendome & sunset. it’s been open probably 3 or 4 years now, and this ‘concentration’ of addiction, crime, etc has not come to pass.

      i’m just glad resources are finally being provided for these individuals in our neighborhoods…

    • That area’s dead anyway with all the speeding street traffic. Maybe this complex will help make this part of Eagle Rock Blvd more vibrant. Because it’s dead and ugly now.

  2. Now these are the people I can support building affordable housing for.
    We provide assistance to far too many able bodied people, which reduces the aid available to those who are truly needy.

    • So much for gentrification. Welcome to the new skid row.

      • Such ignorance. How about you look up what building shelter plus care units like these in other parts of the city have worked before you make comments like this.

        • Good! for you thanks for adding substance to the remarks I figure you either have a heart people don’t the answer to the earlier comment ….. try living in the streets for over a year then see how you feel,

  3. I’d love to see this place become a new home to many of the homeless people in Eagle Rock and the surrounding areas, and hope the support staff mentioned in the article will provide meaningful emotional and practical support, including connection with public programs and services, such as they are.

  4. i moved to eagle rock to get away from all the crazy homeless. : /

  5. That place hasn’t even been completed and the homeless are already starting increase in numbers on eagle rock blvd. just look at the fresh and easy parking lot. This new place is going to be a disaster for the area.

  6. Who is their right mind approves 55 units versus the normal permit process for the size of the lot of 18 units???
    Pray the non-profit is diligent in maintaining the complex and does not allow it to be rundown – eventually resulting in project like housing that can have an adverse affect on the community.

    So, who was the bright person who let this get through???? Anyone know???

  7. Easy on the hysteria about a “new skid row.” This facility isn’t offering services to anyone other than its own residents, and 55 rooms is hardly a lot — in fact there are nearby market-rate apartment complexes that are considerably larger. Eagle Rock Blvd. is increasing in density, they’re building condos and there are more coming, and retail as well, I understand the concerns about this specific complex that caters to a troubled segment of the population, but in my view, big picture, it’s a drop in the ocean and performing a needed service as well.

  8. Shelter plus care units, which are subsidized apartment units for people who are homeless have a disabling condition (mental illness in this case), come with supportive services. Meaning each person living in a subsidized unit will have a case manager who will monitor their progress and access their needs. These case managers work closely with the tenant and property management to ensure that they get acclimated to apartment living and the routines associated with having an apartment (paying bills, filing work orders, house keeping, etc).

    As someone mentioned earlier, when the property on Sunset and Vendome opened up a couple years ago with the same premise, every one freaked. But has drug activity increased in the area? Has crime increased in the area? Has it turned into skid row? By the looks of all the business nearby continuing to operate and grow, I would say no.

    Now, is it perfect? Does every person placed in one of these units acclimate perfectly and without incident? No. But that is a small percentage of all the people moved in SPC units. Glad to see this happening in the Northeast.

  9. Everybody deserves a clean safe home. I do not believe it’s fair to judge people who’s life has not been as good as yours. This housing project offers a place to heal and grow out of a stagnant exitance and become a attribute to their community. I know this because I was one of those people before I was blessed to move into permanent supportive housing. Don’t be surprised when you find how much better your neighborhood becomes.

  10. I live about 300 feet from the construction site of the soon to be Teague Terrace Apartments. I, too, have noticed the increase in the homeless population concentrated on Eagle Rock Blvd. between York and El Paso. I hope this new building does something to improve the lives of these people. As a person who could possibly be adversely impacted due to my proximity to this building, I can honestly say any possible negative outcomes are the furthest thing from my mind. As Dorothy Edwards said, every human being deserves a safe, clean home. Instead of always focusing on the negative, we should celebrate the new beginning this building will be providing the people of our community.

  11. Please keep in mind that not all homeless people are mentally ill, etc. There are some people that have and still are contributing positively to Society, such as our Veterans. Some people are working poor. They have jobs, but housing is every expensive. If everyone is honest, the rent for housing is more than the cost of living (income earned, etc.) If it were not for the grace of God, we all are one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves. So let’s do want we can to bring honor and respectability to the new coming families arriving in these new units. Are we part of the solution or are we part of the problem?

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