The Allendale in Baltimore City Reopens; First Building to Receive Full Renovations Through Innovative HUD Program
Rental Assistance Demonstration program enabled rehabilitation of all 164 one-bedroom apartment homes for seniors and adults with disabilities
BALTIMORE (May 9, 2017) – Today Enterprise Homes, joined by a wide range of community leaders—including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Field Office Director Carol Bryant Payne, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Baltimore City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, City Council President Jack Young, City Councilman for District 8 Kristerfer Burnett, and Acting Commissioner for Baltimore Housing Michael Braverman—celebrated the grand reopening of The Allendale, located in the Allendale neighborhood of Baltimore City. The Allendale was redeveloped in collaboration with Baltimore Affordable Housing Development, Inc., an affiliate of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), under HUD’s new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
The RAD program enables public housing agencies to leverage public and private funds to reinvest in the public housing stock, a critical option given the $26 billion dollar backlog of public housing capital improvements. Originally built in 1985, The Allendale had received very limited improvements over the past 30 years. RAD ensures that the renovated units remain affordable to low-income households.
“Thanks to this public-private partnership, more seniors and adults with disabilities have access to quality, healthy, affordable homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The Allendale is a model for other public housing authorities to follow as they work to redevelop their units and expand opportunity for more families.”
"Under Governor Hogan's leadership, state investment in affordable rental housing in Baltimore and across Maryland has steadily increased," said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. "The department is proud to partner with Enterprise to support developments like The Allendale Apartments which will provide local residents with safe, decent homes, helping them to remain in a community they know and love."
Renovations reached every part of the 12-story building. Each of the 164 one-bedroom apartments was upgraded with new energy-efficient appliances, new kitchen cabinets, new windows and doors, updates to the bathrooms and repainting. Common area spaces were remodeled to provide a new game room/library, computer room, and fitness room, and the community room was also renovated. All major utility systems have been upgraded, and a coating was applied to the building to prevent water infiltration. In addition, the exterior was freshened through a new color scheme.
“HABC is excited to celebrate the grand opening of The Allendale, Baltimore’s first completed RAD project. I want to thank Enterprise for their partnership. They did more than help us preserve affordable housing with this project, they set a new standard for quality and look that we are all proud of," said HABC Acting Commissioner Braverman. “I share in Mayor Pugh’s vision that our housing agenda must include a focus on creating the conditions and opportunities that improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents.”
At The Allendale, at least 20 percent of the apartments were held vacant during construction so residents could be relocated within the building, before returning to their previous units. The building is now fully leased.
“The excitement of The Allendale’s residents as they moved into the renovated apartments highlights the importance of RAD,” said Chickie Grayson, president and CEO of Enterprise Homes. “As the first building in Baltimore to benefit from RAD, The Allendale also offers a model for other public housing redevelopments. Enterprise Homes is proud to have helped preserve these vital units of affordable housing.”
The $27 million redevelopment leveraged financing from the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Wells Fargo (which was FHA insured), the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, and Enterprise Community Investment.
The architect for the rehabilitation was Marks, Thomas Architects and the contractor was Harkins Builders, Inc. The property is managed by Winn Management LLC.