What we do and why we do it:

 

Mixed Income

Concentrating assisted-housing for low income Americans in dense, urban areas is not an effective use of scarce affordable housing resources. Over the past decade, mixed-income housing has surfaced as an alternative to traditional assisted-housing initiatives.

Mixed-income housing is an attractive option because, in addition to creating housing units for occupancy for low-income households, it also contributes to the diversity and stability of communities.

For more info on the benefits of mixed-income developments, please see: Urban Land Institute study on mixed income housing

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Mixed Use

Mixed-use development is the practice of allowing more than one type of use in a building or set of buildings. In planning zone terms, this can mean some combination of residential, commercial, industrial, office, institutional, or other land uses.

Mixed-use developments encourage residents to utilize public transportation and to walk more, leading to a reduction in a community’s dependency on automobiles.

Urban Infill

Often referred to as ‘smart growth,’ infill is the use of land within a built-up area for further construction. It focuses on the reuse and repositioning of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites.

This type of development is essential to renewing blighted neighborhoods and knitting them back together to form more prosperous communities.

 Local ‘Touch’

We strive to ensure that the heritage and character of the areas are preserved. Some representative examples include:

  • Administering Phase I archeology surveys on our sites before development can begin.
  • Promoting local artists by displaying their work in some of our lobbies.
  • Maintaining the historical architectural design of the buildings when appropriate.

‘Green’ Development

We utilize best practices in sustainable and resource efficient development. Some representative examples include:

  • Reducing landfill waste during construction by redirecting recyclable materials back to the manufacturing process and re-using materials to the appropriate location.
  • Maximizing energy efficiency through the use of energy star appliances, daylight sensors on outdoor lighting, and alternative energy including rooftop solar panels.
  • Preserving the environment during construction with smart site selection. We minimize site disturbance and give preference to sites with proximity to services so that automobile usage is reduced.
  • Minimizing water usage through the use of native plantings and strategic placement of trees and water conserving fixtures.
  • Promoting the use of public and alternative forms of transportation.
  • Reducing erosion and storm water runoff.
  • Creating healthy indoor environments and eliminating possibility of mold growth.
  • Educating the community of green building features and strategies.