Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing — 2012 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

Armstrong Senior Housing

The courtyard is ringed with impressions of Adinkra tribal symbols representing positive concepts. Photo credit: Brian Rose

About Armstrong Place

Owner/Developer: Kevin Griffith, BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Designer: David Baker, Kevin Wilcock, and Ian Dunn, David Baker + Partners; Serena Trachta, Full Circle Architecture; Niles Tanakatsubo, TSH International
Builder: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Location: San Francisco, California

Why Armstrong Place?

With 370,200 square feet of higher density residential and 7,600 square feet of ground floor retail, Armstrong Place Townhomes and Senior Housing is an important catalyst for revitalization of the Third Street corridor in San Francisco. This AIA-award-winning affordable development includes two components: Armstrong Place Senior Housing, a rental community for seniors, and Armstrong Townhomes, with below-market-rate homeownership for first-time homebuyers. Armstrong Place Senior provides 116 affordable apartments along with landscaped courtyard areas, a community room, and commercial space for community services and retail shops. Twenty-three of the apartments are set aside for formerly homeless seniors participating in San Francisco’s Direct Access to Housing program, who receive intensive social services provided by the Providence Foundation of San Francisco, which will enable them to transition to independent living. Amenities include a fitness room, common green space with community gardens and children’s play area, and a community lounge.



Armstrong Place is…

Armstrong Place

Kids at play in the Armstrong Place courtyard, which is open to families, seniors from the adjacent apartments, and the neighborhood at large. Photo credit: David Baker + Partners

  • Multi-Generational: The community provides homes for large families and for seniors on one City block
  • Transit Oriented: built on the City’s newest transit rail line (with bike parking and car-share for alternative transport)
  • Affordability & Services: Independent-living and formerly homeless seniors are eligible for intensive social services
  • Mixed Use: 7,600sf of ground-floor, neighborhood-serving retail
  • Green Building: Armstrong Senior Housing achieved the USGBC’s LEED-NC Gold certification

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