December 18, 2020

Developers Embrace Green Communities to Join “First 20”

We’re pleased to announce the first three projects that have stepped up to certify to the 2020 Green Communities Criteria – the latest version of the nation’s only national green building program designed explicitly for green affordable housing.

In designing their projects to certify to the 2020 criteria, they’ve become inaugural members of a group we’re calling The First 20. The cohort represents a cross-section of the criteria’s early adopters. We applaud their commitment to advancing equity through healthy, efficient and environmentally responsive homes and communities.

Without further ado, meet the first three members of The First 20!

Cowan Place, Fort Worth, Texas
McCormack Baron Salazar

Cowan Place marks the first project in a multiphase housing development plan led by McCormack Baron Salazar with support from HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program. Part of the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan, the new development will offer 170 affordable homes for seniors as well as people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Expected to deliver in November 2022, it will replace 1950s-era public housing, enhancing local infrastructure and creating access to education, health care, safety, services and amenities.

Bennett Benner Partners’ design emphasizes community and activity spaces with indoor and outdoor offerings that include a garden, fitness center, movie room and billiard table. The inclusion of universal design strategies reflects the 2020 Green Communities Criteria and demonstrates the project’s commitment to residents’ health and comfort.

Edgewood Commons, Washington, D.C.
Enterprise Community Development

The redevelopment of Edgewood Commons will include 150 new affordable homes where seniors can age in place independently in their own community. With a focus on creating a healthy indoor environment, residents will have access to community gathering spaces and an indoor fitness room.

Enterprise Community Development is collaborating with architect Wiencek + Associates to deliver the new homes in 2023. In line with the 2020 criteria’s universal design strategies, apartments will be fully adaptable and readily adjustable to meet the changing needs and lifestyles of older people. In response to climate challenges, the project prioritizes overall energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Thessalonica Court, Bronx, N.Y.
Jonathan Rose Companies

Thessalonica Court is a moderate rehabilitation project that will preserve and improve nearly 200 affordable homes. Led by Curtis + Ginsburg Architects, the renovation aims to bring new energy into the community by creating safe, healthy and comfortable spaces for families with low incomes to live, work and play. Construction will begin in spring 2021, with completion expected by late fall.

Jonathan Rose Companies was a valuable collaborator in the development of the 2020 Green Communities Criteria that will ensure Thessalonica Court underscores comfort and achieves lower operating costs through water and energy savings. The result will be a more resilient future for both residents and the building they call home.

Interested in joining The First 20 Cohort of teams committed to creating healthy living environments with the support of the 2020 Green Communities Criteria? Contact Shelby O’Neill.

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