Affordable Housing Receives Green Certification
There is a new affordable housing senior complex in Delaware, Ohio that has meant big changes to the City of Delaware, positive and exciting changes. Riverside Landing at Delaware Place Apartments celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year officially opening 69 new units of affordable housing. The project was funded in part through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Our team collaborated with the Miller Valentine Group who developed, constructed and now manages the apartments.
Only being open a few months, this project has already positively affected the landscape of the southern entry to the City of Delaware. For years the project site was home to the Delaware Hotel and as the hotel fell into to disrepair, it no longer served would-be travelers. The City of Delaware’s vision was to transform the site into something productive for the community and that the City of Delaware could be proud of.
Through a competitive selection process, the City selected Miller Valentine Group as the developer that would bring the vision to fruition. M+A Architects joined Miller Valentine as the architect for the project and collaborated closely with Kleingers & Associates (Civil Engineer), and the EDGE Group (Landscape Architect) for the overall design of the site.
With the project completed, the view from US-23 and from the City’s south entrance has transformed from a view of opportunity to become one of pride for residents. However, even after reaching the major milestone of completing the project, the Miller Valentine Group and M+A Architects were awarded an additional accomplishment – both company’s first Enterprise Green Communities Project Certification.
Enterprise Green Communities is a project certification that marks the best in sustainable affordable housing. Created by Enterprise Community Partners, "The Green Communities Criteria provides a clear, cost-effective framework that enables affordable housing developers to deliver the significant health, economic and environmental benefits of green construction to low-income families regardless of housing type or location." Some of the features that were incorporated as part of using the green certification were:
- EnergyStar Version 3 Certification for the entire project - Highly insulated building envelope with EnergyStar window - Low-VOC paints and finishes used throughout - Landscaping installed with native plant species - Low-flow plumbing fixtures - Low-energy lighting - The use of environmental preferable flooring certified by FloorScore
Projects similar to Delaware Place will surely serve as a model for future development in both Delaware, OH and around the country to help transform the way we think about affordable housing. Congratulations to Miller Valentine Group on this great accomplishment!