In July 2016, UrbanBuilt completed an 8-home renovation project located on the 2300 block of Callow Avenue in Baltimore city. The project was the final phase of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2). NSP2 was a program run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in which a grant was awarded to the non-profit lending organization, Healthy Neighborhoods, in partnership with Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, a non-profit community association and developer. The program focused on restoring homes that were foreclosed or abandoned in Baltimore and offering them to residents at an affordable price. Not only is this UrbanBuilt’s biggest project to date, but it is also an extremely important project for Baltimore in its quest for rehabilitation.
The project featured eight homes that were blighted and uninhabitable. Each project boasted nearly 3,500 square feet of finished living space. Wood windows with Baltimore bullnose trim, hardiplank siding, restored brick fronts, wood cornices and solid wood doors were some of the exterior features included to meet CHAP historical guidelines for historical tax credits. Additionally, each house received energy efficient windows and doors, LED lighting, open cell foam insulation and high efficiency heating and cooling units to meet stringent Energy Star guidelines.
On July 21st, 2015, the City of Baltimore held a dedication ceremony for this project at the construction site where representatives from the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Healthy Neighborhoods, UrbanBuilt, Department of HUD, State department of Housing, local residents from the neighborhood and even Madam Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings Blake were all present to express their excitement about this project. Speakers discussed the project and expressed that this is only the start of the rehabilitation process in this vulnerable neighborhood.
“I recently served as Project Architect on a HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Plan 2 (NSP2) project – the gut/rehab of eight very large, historic town homes on Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill – for which UrbanBuilt was the Contractor. The NSP2 Grant mandated Energy Star Qualified New Home design features. Many “green technologies” were also mandated. Located in the Reservoir Hill National Historic District, these houses utilized CHAP historic tax credits which required design and construction sensitivity to the original architecture and CHAP review of all additions and restoration strategies. UrbanBuilt’s technical ability, leadership and collaborative spirit contributed to a very successful project which met all of the program’s complex requirements.”
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The project was a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by several partners. UrbanBuilt worked with the following partners to achieve a successful completion:
Tom Gamper from SM+P Architects | Pete Clifton, Independent Consultant (Construction Inspector)