The Santa Ana Arts Collective, a complex of live-work lofts is complete in Santa Ana.

The concept was conceived and built by architecture firm Studio One Eleven and developer Meta Housing Corporation, their fifth collaboration.

The collective was adapted from a 1965 office building into 58 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom lofts. The project includes 10 affordable two- and three-bedroom townhomes. The units rent from $448 to $2,000.

The development at 1666 N. Main St. includes art studio spaces, a dance studio, art gallery, two music studios and other arts-focused amenities for both residents and the public.

The building is fully occupied or leased and “openings are generally extremely rare,” according to Meta Housing. The 10 units were reserved for extremely low-income residents. The remaining units reflect prices for low income and are from $1,365-$1,998.

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The developer said it secured funding from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, though it didn’t provide how much.

Design highlights include window wraps on all four sides to providing natural light for artists, 13-foot, exposed-concrete, waffle-slab ceilings, polished concrete floors and underground parking. A courtyard space includes a children’s play area, and ground-floor arts spaces include a gallery, art studio space, a dance studio, two music rooms and other amenities supporting artists and the neighborhood.

Meta Housing is providing onsite services.

Seeking contributions

A collective of interior designers is collecting Thanksgiving Day goods and gift cards to make meal baskets for the needy.

Studio88, a co-working space for interior designers, is working with Design Tec to host a donation site to support HomeAid Orange County and its Homelessness Awareness Month campaign.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 13. at 20371 Irvine Ave., Suite 240, in Newport Beach. Designers and local community members also can $20-$25 grocery gift cards, which will help fill the meal baskets.

Items on the wish list include boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, fried onions, canned items such as cranberry sauce, soup, yams, corn, green beans, and canned or powdered gravy. Non-perishable desserts like cookies and brownies also will be accepted.

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The team is also looking for at least five sponsors for this year’s initiative, at levels ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Other sponsors include Kaiser Permanente and HomeStreet Bank. For more information, email

On the move

Peter Beucke has been named as the new corporate vice president of innovation and sustainability, and Karen Dresher has been named as the new corporate vice president of information technology at Landsea Homes in Newport Beach. Beucke will manage Landsea Homes’ initiatives in the sustainability area as well as the implementation of specialty air purifier systems across divisions. Beucke was most recently the vice president of corporate homebuilding operations for Landsea Homes. Previously, he was a division president in Landsea Homes’ northern California and Arizona markets. Dresher previously served as director of operations for Garrett Walker Homes and became a part of the Landsea Homes team as the vice president of operations after the acquisition of Garrett Walker Homes earlier this year.

Stephanie Heiple, a workplace strategist and designer, has joined Irvine Company’s operations team. She specializes in helping clients maximize their workspace objectives. As employers return to work following COVID-19 restrictions, Heiple will help guide them in creating new layouts that promote safe social distancing. She joins Irvine Co. from Ware Malcolmb.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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