Lincoln Place holds ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of its new apartments

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lincoln Place apartment homes was held Thu., Aug. 14.
Stephanie Pelletier, general manager of Lincoln Place, and Councilman Mike Bonin at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Lincoln Place apartments
Stephanie Pelletier, general manager of Lincoln Place, and Councilman Mike Bonin at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Lincoln Place apartments

The new apartments housed by the long-standing Lincoln Place make for an ideal combination of modern amenities and a historical building, completed by arduous process and hard work by those who took part in the project. As one of the most prominent owners/operators of apartment communities in the country, Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) has put forth commendable efforts to rehabilitate 45 buildings and construct 99 new apartments.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thu., Aug. 14 at 10 am outside the newly completed apartment complex’s front doors, complete with friendly faces, a spread of refreshments and snacks, and bright, sunny weather to complement the momentous grand opening.

Originally built between 1949 and 1951, Lincoln Place is listed on both the national and statewide registers of historic places, with rehabilitation having commenced in late 2012.

Noteworthy dignitaries, including Councilman Mike Bonin Tom Azumbrado from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Los Angeles Multifamily Hub), and David Jacob from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, were present to briefly offer their insights on the long-awaited residential project. Aimco Senior Vice President Patty Shwayder eloquently sewed the ceremony together by providing introductions and transitions between speakers.

Steve Cordes, Sean Finnegan, and Brandon Dickens, all representatives of Aimco, also each spoke briefly on some of the highlights of the redevelopment.

“It took a long and bumpy road to get here,” Bonin said. “There’s much to celebrate in the fact that finally these buildings have come back to life and that this neighborhood is no longer empty and barren.”

It became clear that the presence of vitality and community was a core value and goal among all of the dignitaries that visualized and worked on this project.

Bonin mentioned two residents — one of the old Lincoln Place and one who had recently moved into the new facilities — and that their common denominator laid in the fact that they both cared about their community.

“[It will be] a rebirth of community,” Bonin said. “Welcome back, Lincoln Place.”

Though the concepts of harmonious living and close-knit community will be significant direct results of the new Lincoln Place apartments, the amenities serve as a definite added bonus.

Bonin referred to Lincoln Place as a great “model of sustainability.”

“[Sustainable living] is the kind of thing we need more of in Los Angeles,” Bonin said.

Some of the numerous features that contribute to the quality level of sustainability of the Lincoln Place apartments include ultra-efficient LED lighting, low water use, eco-friendly landscaping, electric car recharging stations, high efficiency water heaters, and onsite recycling.  All of these measures are set to decrease water and energy usage by almost 30 percent. It is the hope of all who collaborated on this project that Lincoln Place will act as a leading example of what effective and practical sustainable living looks like in the city.

Stephanie Pelletier, general manager of Lincoln Place, commented further on the several amenities that residents can enjoy and utilize on an everyday basis.

Lincoln Place boasts a two-story fitness and recreation center that features virtual classes, top-notch equipment, outdoor workout spots, and even a spinning studio. In addition, a rooftop “social deck” offers panoramic views of the surrounding Venice neighborhood. A saltwater swimming pool with underwater speakers comes with it cabanas, barbecue areas, and a fire pit.

“Where else can you find all of this?” Pelletier said.

Open tours were available after the ribbon-cutting ceremony for guests and visitors to experience an in-depth view of what Lincoln Place has to offer.

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