We have covered stories about similar projects here on the blog: old schoolhouses converted to assisted living, abandoned churches transformed into independent living apartments, a ski resort adapted to an upscale retirement community, and a trailer park given a new life as affordable senior housing.
This one is in a category all its own. According to this L.A. Times story, developers are altering a 107-year-old hospital into a senior living community, a project with proposed costs of $40 million.
A hospital-turned-senior-living may not seem like a stretch, but the hospital’s history is what sets it apart.
Abandoned and empty for 25 years, the Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles has a reputation of being haunted. Consequently, it has been widely used by filmmakers, TV producers, and musicians: among them, the band Duran Duran, the popular TV medical drama “ER,” and the horror film, “Seven.”
Not to worry, says Maurice Ramirez of Amcal Multi-Housing, Inc. (the project’s developer), as quoted in the L.A. Times piece: “It’s going to look like an upscale hotel…people in the neighborhood will really see a transformation.”