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Senator Boxer Visits Las Serenas

October 29th, 2011

On September 1, Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA, visited Las Serenas to witness the successful greening of this affordable rental community located in one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods. Working with a $475,000 grant from NeighborWorks America and the state of California, Community HousingWorks installed low-e, dual paned windows, water-saving tub and kitchen fixtures, and a 67.5 kilowatt solar voltaic facility. 100% of this facility’s power production goes to Las Serenas residents.

The project also provided educational support on all aspects of sustainable living with an emphasis on engaging the development’s children in this transformation. A book, created by the Las Serenas children (our newest ambassadors of green) was given to the Senator as a gift.

“The clean energy improvements at Las Serenas are a microcosm of the good that can happen when local, state and federal groups work together,” said Sen. Boxer at the event.

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A Call-Out for Good Things

October 29th, 2011

Kalos – It means all that is good in Greek.

For the residents who will reside in the 83 apartments on this one acre site in North Park, Kalos will mean home.

Located just two blocks west of Park Boulevard, the site presents opportunity for a vibrant new building that will anchor the west end of the exciting redevelopment occurring along University Avenue.

“Residents can take a short walk to San Diego’s highest-used transit lines and take advantage of employment opportunities and exciting amenities in Downtown, Hillcrest, and North Park with a short ride or walk,” explains Sylvia Martinez, CHW’s Senior Project Manager in charge of this development. “And our bicycle-friendly building will further help residents enjoy this great urban location only four blocks north of Balboa Park.”

CHW’s development of the site will transform eight dilapidated buildings with numerous code violations into one of the greenest, most energy-efficient properties available today.

Originally planned as condominiums, CHW was able to purchase the site during the economic downturn thanks to the forward-thinking commitments of the San Diego Housing Commission and the North Park Project Area of the Redevelopment Agency of San Diego. “We were able to re-design the building to better fit the neighborhood,” explains Anne Wilson, Senior Vice President of Housing and Real Estate. “We reduced the scale of the building on Florida Street by one full story in order to be more compatible with the existing neighborhood, and created a very open courtyard-oriented building that maximizes the steeply-sloping site.

Built over underground parking, this very livable urban community will feature two courtyards, play areas, WiFi hotspots, large indoor and outdoor multi-purpose spaces, and our signature learning centers.

The impressive sustainability features include solar-thermal hot water and unit heating that is projected to reduce natural gas demand by over 75%, in addition to solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation. Climate-appropriate landscaping and low-use interior water fixtures will save water. Not only does this make a major reduction in the building’s impact on our environment but it significantly reduces operating expenses, assisting CHW in its mission to deliver long-term, stable and affordable housing. Significant sustainable material use, proximity to high-frequency transit, and a focus on efficient construction and recycling make this project a strong candidate for the highest designations from the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program by the U.S. Green Building Council.

With design by MW Steele and construction services provided by Legacy Building Services, Kalos promises to deliver a great urban green product to an area that is rapidly gentrifying. And because it is affordable to low-income households, Kalos has already generated an incredible amount of local support.

“It’s nice to know that the community appreciates your efforts to help those most in need of our support,” says Ms. Martinez.

Kalos is planned for completion in December 2012, and the pre-leasing information list is expected to open by the end of 2011. For additional information (other than leasing), contact Sylvia Martinez at 619-450-8712.

 

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FaceLift Comes Around Again

October 29th, 2011

We challenge you to find a better way to lower your blood pressure, make better the lives of hundreds of people, guarantee good feelings, and just have fun – all inside of six hours. Yup, you guessed it – it’s time for Facelift when all this – and SO much more – happens in City Heights.

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