Garden Brook Senior Village Construction Bringing to Life Former Abandoned Structure


Source: Architects Orange

By: Chad Kim 

Once known as the "Rusty Skeleton",  which sat unfinished for greater than a decade, finds new life as construction continues on the Garden Brook Senior Village development in Garden Grove.

If one were to look for an equivalence to Los Angeles's former "Target Husk", "Rusty Skeleton" would be its Orange County counterpart. The structure is a relic to the real estate development boom prior to the Great Recession, while also a reminder of the aftermath from the Great Recession. Previous coverage of this project site can be found here. There was a previous attempt by LAB Holdings (Developer of the popular Anaheim Packing House) along with Brooks Street  in constructing a mixed use development, but fell through. 

After over ten years, AMG & Associates picked up the baton, and successfully started construction on the unfinished structure. The current construction aims to build an affordable senior mixed use development consisting of: 

  • 395 below-market senior apartment units
  • 13,000 sq. ft. of restaurant and retail space
  • More than 25,000 sq. ft. of community and recreational area
Source: Architects Orange

Source: Architects Orange

Source: Architects Orange

"Rusty Skeleton"; Source: Google Streetview

Construction progress is very visible.

Facing westward on Garden Grove Blvd

Garden Brook Senior Village is next to Orange County's Koreatown

Architects Orange is the Design Architect and Architect of Record. Garden Brook Senior Village has won several awards:
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award - Best Senior Community
  • Sage Awards - Best 55+ Affordable Community Gold
  • NAHB 55+ Housing Award for Affordable Community On the Boards


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