Edward Killingsworth-designed office building to be converted to essential service center by Studio One Eleven

Long Beach-based Studio One Eleven has announced plans to convert a former medical office designed by midcentury modern architect Edward Killingsworth into an “essential service center” that will provide services for needy families as well as food for area residents experiencing food insecurity. 

The facility will comprise the new home of St. Francis Center, a group of Secular Franciscans who have operated a neighborhood-serving facility in the area since 1970. The group’s facilities temporary shut down in 2017 and are now set to reopen in October 2020 when work on the project is complete.  

According to the architects, the renovated structure will “allow St. Francis Center to resume its crucial mission of providing food, clothing and emergency assistance in a nurturing atmosphere.” The 5,400-square-foot complex is set to include a commercial kitchen, offices for employment and family consulting services, meeting spaces, and storage to provide clothing to the homeless, according to …

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