By Francis Taylor, Executive Editor
Thomas Saffron, the founder and chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates (TSA), Southern California’s leader in affordable housing, was joined by a bevy of VIP guests at a lunchtime open house on April 25th, for Beach Terrace, a 42-unit affordable housing community for seniors, U.S. veterans and families.
(Beach Terrace, photo by Francis Taylor, Executive Editor)
The property, located at 716 West Beach Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302, is TSA’s seventh project in the City of Inglewood and offers one, two, and three-bedroom units with modern amenities, including a full kitchen, air-conditioning, window blinds, and vinyl flooring. The property features resident gardens surrounded by lush landscaping and walkable green space, an outdoor barbecue area, a play structure, laundry facilities, and a fitness center, along with a community room with a full kitchen and seating areas, a computer lab, library, piano, ping pong table, and television lounge.
The well-attended Open House was hosted by Chairman Saffron who introduced all of the VIP guests, that participated in the ribbon cutting. Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. acknowledged the presence of Councilmembers Alex Padilla, Eloy Morales, Jr., and Dionne Faulk. “The City of Inglewood is pleased to work once again with Thomas Safran & Associates to help steadily improve affordable housing availability in the City of Inglewood,” Mayor Butts said. “When developers, cities, and lenders come together like this, it’s a win-win for everyone, especially veterans and families that are an integral part of our community.”
Inglewood City Manager Artie Fields and Economic and Community Development Director Christopher Jackson, Sr., were also present. Sarah Estilal, Sr. VP, PNC Bank, addressed the project’s funding. Gloria Pulido External Affairs officer from CA Treasurer Fiona Ma’s office presented a commendation to Mayor Buts and Thomas Saffron. And finally, Tyrah Bufford and her daughter Symone, three-month residents of Beach Terrace addressed those in attendance. lender Wells Fargo rep; and Beach Terrace residents.
“We are proud to open this beautiful property for low-income seniors, families, and Veterans in the City of Inglewood,” Jordan Pynes, TSA’s President said. “Beach Terrace would not have been possible without Mayor Butts, the City Council, and the City staff who had the vision and creativity to form a public-private partnership to make the property a reality. The need for affordable housing continues to be great around southern California, and Beach Terrace is an example of how to help solve the homeless and affordability crisis and move families into quality, permanently affordable housing. It was our aim to build a community within a community.”
Ms. Bufford, a recent widower with five children, moved into Beach Terrace three months ago from an undesirable neighborhood in Long Beach. Her emotional testimonial highlighted her appreciation for the management and staff of Beach Terrace for allowing her and her family to be among the earliest residents. When asked how Beach Terrace could be improved, she quipped, “you can’t mess with perfection.”
(Tyrah and Symone Bufford, Beach Terrace residents pictured in the courtyard of Beach Terrace. Photo by Francis Taylor, Executive Editor)
TSA has developed over 6,000 units of luxury, affordable, and mixed-use rental housing in Southern California. For over 40 years, TSA has specialized in developing and managing high-quality properties, many of which have won awards from prestigious organizations. The company is committed to providing superior design, maintaining our properties to the highest standards, and enriching the lives of the people who reside in their buildings.