Project Description

This residential development is part of a three-phase development for the elderly providing 120 apartments and a LIFE Center. The site contained a blighted structure situated on the edge of the Allegheny River, and across from recreational parks. The infill development reconnected the neighborhood fabric. The first phase consisted of 48 units, and the second contained 72 units. The second phase also included space for the local Senior Center. Other common areas are designed for multiple programming ideas and flexibility. In order to relate to the scale of the neighborhood, two story balconies were designed for the three story buildings. Community green space is provided at all levels- from the grade-level courtyard, pavilion and community room porches, to the mid- and third-level green roof gardens. Green energy savings features were a focus of the design and the development won the HUD Region III 2008 Energy Star Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. The residential development was financed with PHFA PennHOMES and LIHTC and the LIFE Center was funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services.