Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, developers and community members in breaking ground on an affordable senior housing project in Del Rey July 14.

Thomas Safran & Associates has begun construction of Del Rey Square, a senior community comprised of 124 affordable units, at 11952 Culver Blvd. in Del Rey. The developer has built over 3,000 residential units in Southern California, including 17 senior properties.

The apartment units will be available to low and very low income residents aged 55 and older.

The four-story building will be constructed at a maximum height of 50 feet over a 91-space, ground-level parking garage on a 58,000-square foot site.

Among the various amenities for tenants are a community room, exercise room, TV lounge, library, computer classroom, laundry facilities and administrative offices. There will also be 70 onsite storage compartments available for rental by tenants.

The complex is planned around four courtyards available for outdoor activities. The site and courtyards will be landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs and flower beds.

The Del Rey Neighborhood Council and its Planning, Land Use and Transportation Committee unanimously supported a motion for the project, noting that the Westside is in desperate need of affordable senior housing. The council is pleased that a “well recognized and respected housing advocate is proposing a new development that would allow our older stakeholders to remain with Del Rey,” the motion stated.