Kings Beach, California: Affordable Green Housing for Service Industry Workers
Kings Beach Housing Now
Photo: Tom Zikas Photogrpahy
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Case Studies
August 20, 2014
Kings Beach Housing Now provides 77 energy-efficient apartments for low-income recreation and hospitality industry workers in a popular vacation area. The development, consisting of nine buildings on five sites totaling 3.5 acres, replaces dilapidated housing while adhering to stringent requirements for water quality, scenic views, and tree cover in the Lake Tahoe region. The balancing of objectives earned Kings Beach Housing Now a 2011 Best in the Basin Award from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Because of its reliance on community input to provide that balance, the development also won the 2014 American Institute of Architects/HUD Secretary’s Award for Community-Informed Design. More...