PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
- Aug. 25, 2021
-- Interactive Design Corporation (IDC), a Palm Springs-based architectural firm known for its focus on creating sustainable projects that address important social values, has unveiled the design for The Monarch Apartment Homes, a 60-unit, affordable housing community located in Palm Springs, CA. Developed by the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC), an organization dedicated to the development of economically integrated housing, the design centers on a contemporary mid-Century modern architectural style that creates an inviting, welcoming neighborhood for its residences.
"Our strategy is to increase the supply of beautifully designed, sustainable homes for low- and moderate-income families that serve the desert community," emphasizes Joy Silver, regional director of CHOC. "This type of design integrates communities and transforms lives. The Monarch Apartment Homes is a prime example of how our cities can add well-designed, sustainable living environments for their residents."
Located on a 3.62-acre vacant parcel of land at the Southeast corner of N. Indian Canyon and San Rafael Drive in the Upper Westside One Palm Springs neighborhood, the property is owned by the City of Palm Springs Successor Redevelopment Agency. In partnership with the City, CHOC will develop the land with rental apartments that offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes.
Since the neighboring properties on the east side of the complex are residential homes, most of which are mid-century in design, the east side buildings will be smaller, one-story, and one-bedroom units to respect the context of the neighborhood.
Much of the local mid-century designed homes in the adjacent neighborhoods were influenced by Donald Allen Wexler, an influential architect who practiced in the desert for almost 60 years. Trained under Richard Neutra, Wexler designed banks, schools, and even the Palm Springs airport, but he is known for his home designs, many of which are found throughout the surrounding community.
Visit www.chochousing.org to learn more.