UELP Apartments starting construction

Jamaica Plain, MA, January 23, 2012- The New Year marks the start of construction on the Urban Edge Limited Partnership (UELP) Apartments. This project, the rehabilitation of 82 units of occupied, multi-family, affordable rental housing within 10 buildings at seven different sites across Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, comes on the heels of the recently completed renovation of the Jamaica Plain Apartments. Davis Square Architects partnered with housing developer Urban Edge on both projects.

Improvements to the UELP Apartments are made possible thanks to a large federal housing grant from Capital Funding for the Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing. In addition, the project also received support from MassHousing, the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, the City of Boston’s HOME Program and Neighborhood Housing Trust, the Massachusetts Housing Equity Fund, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Kresge Foundation, National Grid, and the Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, officials said. Public funders include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The scope of the project includes upgrades to the main building systems, improvement of the building envelopes and structural integrity, and renovations to address other related capital needs such as updated kitchens, bathrooms, and common facilities.

All of the work will also follow Urban Edge’s “integrated green” development approach, guided by LEED and Green Communities rating systems, to reach specific sustainability goals. Analyses of the current conditions show that many of the buildings use more gas and water than a typical similar building. New high-efficiency indirect hot water heating systems and controls, new roofs, added insulation, and Energy Star fixtures and appliances will not only help to improve housing conditions and lower operating expenses, but improve energy and water use.

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