Innovative affordable housing in the City of Brotherly Love
The country’s first LEED ND Platinum project will be featured on a tour during Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, along with several other innovative projects that are making green housing accessible and affordable.
"They thought it was pie in the sky," says Rose Gray of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), the Community Development Corporation who took the lead on organizing the community input, among many other roles, for the Paseo Verde project near Temple University. "We were at the original design charrette at Greenbuild years ago, and all of these experts on LEED ND weren't sure we could do it."
"You can't lose sight of how ambitious this project is," says Alex Dews, Programs & Policy Manager for the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. "It's helping to change the character of the neighborhood in a way that respects what's here already and provides additional amenities that it deserves, all while achieving the very highest levels of environmental sustainability and performance.”
Just down the street, the Temple North project repurposes a historic building into low income housing. Just a few blocks away, you can find the JBJ Soul Homes project, which is funded in part by local Jon Bon Jovi. The 55-unit complex designed to be LEED Silver provides affordable housing and a supportive services complex to formerly homeless individuals.
In Center City, tour attendees can visit Connelly House, a joint venture between Project H.O.M.E., Bethesda Project, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia that offers 24 SRO units and 55 efficiencies to meet a critical need for supported housing within a high-rent neighborhood. Anderson House, another project, provides an LGBT-friendly, affordable housing alternative for seniors, many who were part of a pioneering LGBT community in Center City.
Philadelphia is leading the way on affordable green housing and community-centered design and it will showcase all of these projects during Greenbuild 2013. The City of Philadelphia itself will adopt green affordable housing standards for all city projects beginning in 2014.
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