HDC-Financed Randolph Houses Among ULI Terwilliger Center Awards Finalists

Photo of Randolph Houses North affordable development in Harlem
Randolph Houses North, Harlem

WASHINGTON — The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced five finalists for this year’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award and seven finalists for the Terwilliger Center Award for Innovation in Attainable Housing.

“ULI’s housing awards finalists for 2022 are shining examples of how ULI members and other vital housing development stakeholders are leading the charge in addressing the growing home attainability challenges plaguing cities and households nationwide,” said Christopher Ptomey, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. “Congratulations to all this year’s finalists, whose projects and programs are enabling residents and cities to thrive.”

The Kemp Award was established in 2008 in memory of Jack Kemp, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a national advisory board member of the Terwilliger Center. It recognizes developments that use innovative financing sources to provide attainable mixed-income housing, primarily focusing on households earning greater than 60% of area median income.

The Terwilliger Center created the new Award for Innovation in 2022 to recognize unique yet replicable developments that offer or preserve deeper affordability.

This year’s finalists for the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing award are:

  • Courthouse Lofts, Worcester, Mass. A prime example of a public/private partnership, this project transformed the historic Old Worcester County Courthouse into 118 units of housing for families at five different income levels. The project also includes the Major Taylor Museum, which honors Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African American world champion in professional cycling.
  • Kirkpatrick Park, Nashville, Tenn. Combining low-income, workforce, and market-rate units side-by-side, Kirkpatrick Park is the first categorically mixed-income housing in Nashville. The project is the first phase of a comprehensive master plan to redevelop Cayce Place, a public housing development that is Nashville’s largest and one of the oldest in the city.
  • Millennium South Bay, Hawthorne, Calif. This 230-unit LEED® Gold Certified apartment community serves households earning 60% to 120% of area median income, with several amenities onsite. The property is close to public transit — Metro’s C (Green) Line Crenshaw Station is just two blocks away.
  • Orenda, Seattle. Orenda is a community-driven project with a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units affordable to households earning between 65% and 120% of area median income. The first two floors are occupied by the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, which offers medical, dental, nutritional, mental health, and other services, and the Tiny Tots Development Center.
  • The Cottages on Vaughan, Clarkston, Ga. Located in the most ethnically diverse square mile in America, this new pocket neighborhood includes eight micro-cottage homes within walking distance to community retail and amenities. The site is laid out intentionally to foster community interaction, including a common green area with a fire pit, lawn chairs, picnic tables, and vibrant landscaping including vegetable and herb gardens. The development has many sustainable features and four of the homes have achieved net-zero.

This year’s finalists for the Terwilliger Award for Innovation in Attainable Housing are:

  • Philip Randolph Houses, New York. This 283-unit redevelopment effort preserves and rehabilitates 36 ‘old law’ tenements constructed in the 1890s in Central Harlem. The development serves residents earning from 30% to 80% of area median income; some units are covered by Section 8 vouchers. Other improvements include modern layouts, accessible design, and landscaped outdoor spaces.
  • Blooming Meadows South and Blooming Meadows North, Bloomington, Minn. Nonprofit developer Aeon preserved 306 units of naturally occurring affordable housing while building an additional 172 affordable homes within walking distance of the Mall of America.
  • Carpenter’s Shelter and The Bloom at Braddock, Alexandria, Va. Carpenter’s Shelter and The Bloom transformed a former homeless shelter into a new, 163,000-square-foot building that provides support and accommodation to people who are experiencing homelessness along with 97 affordable income housing apartments. The urban location offers excellent walkability and access to parks, public transit, grocery stores, restaurants, and public amenities.
  • Hilda L. Solis Care First Village Project, Los Angeles. This 60,000-square-foot facility provides 232 private spaces for those experiencing homelessness. Each space has a bed, bathroom, and HVAC unit. The project includes three components: interim housing, temporary housing, and administrative services.
  • Ken Soble Tower, Hamilton, OntarioThis ground-breaking project rehabilitates a post-war apartment tower to the Passive House EnerPHit standard — reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 94% and acting as a pilot for net-zero-ready housing renewal projects. The building’s modernization has also reinstated 146 units of affordable seniors’
  • Queens Court, Arlington, Va. Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing redeveloped this aging, garden-style apartment complex into a 12-story, 249-unit affordable community in urban Rosslyn. Residents have access to community and onsite amenities including free or low-cost internet and a public playground. The property is within walking distance of two Metro stations.
  • Tahanan Supportive Housing, San Francisco. Tahanan provides 145 permanent supportive studio homes to San Franciscans who have experienced homelessness, representing a new approach to developing 100% affordable housing. A combination of innovative methods significantly decreased development time and cost per home for Tahanan when compared to similar projects.

The jury for the two awards is chaired by Ron Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center and chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners.

Other jury members are Paul Bernard, president and CEO, Arlington Housing Corporation Inc., Arlington, Va.; Rodger Brown, managing director of real estate development, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Boston; Payton Chung, managing partner, Westover Green, Washington; Tamara Dudukovich, principal, Avenue Ventures LLC, Pittsburgh; Alan George, executive vice president (retired), Equity Residential, Chicago; Dara Kovel, president, Beacon Communities, Boston; Mark Richardson, chief technology officer, Rich Analytics, Toronto; Jaydan Tait, president and CEO, Attainable Homes Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; Emily Thompson, partner, GMD Development, Seattle; Dawnita Wilson, vice president, head of diversity and inclusion, JBG Smith, Bethesda, Md.; Margaret Wylde, CEO, ProMatura Group, Oxford, Miss.; and Bob Youngentob, executive chairman and co-founder, EYA LLC, Bethesda, Md.

The winners will be announced in October at a reception during ULI’s Fall Meeting in Dallas. For questions about the housing awards program, email Terwilliger.Award@uli.org.

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