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Enterprise's Pre-Development Design Grants

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 round of grant funding. Check back for new design concepts and project summaries.

Enterprise’s Pre-Development Design Grant provides funding for design exploration during the early stages of affordable housing development. Carrying the project from inception to the beginning of schematic design, these grants enable development teams to define project goals, identify challenges and explore multiple design solutions.
 
The grant funds a rigorous integrative design process in the early stages of development, beginning with a visioning and architect competition, and followed by a charrette to strengthen the project’s overall green approach.
 
Armed with new ideas and expanded partnerships, developers complete the process equipped to make more informed decisions that lead to higher quality projects. By engaging a broader network of architects as well as a more robust development team, the grant encourages lasting changes in the pre-development design process of affordable housing.

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Congratulations to our 2013 grant recipients!

Enterprise is proud to present Pre-Development Design Grants to the following affordable housing providers. We hope to see a range of innovative design solutions aimed at providing equitable, sustainable housing to community organizations across the nation.

Artspace Gastonia

Gastonia, N.C.
This residential and commercial project will provide affordable homes and workspaces for artist studios, artist businesses, microenterprises and a wellness center. Artspace Gastonia seeks to connect the arts, civic and development communities in this innovative project. 
 
Developer
Artspace Properties, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Grand Isle Senior Housing

Grand Isle, Vt.
Grand Isle Senior Housing is a model for rural housing that will provide 30 homes and supportive services to seniors. The large site will feature commercial and community space and a public library. The design will holistically use permaculture principals to incorporate agricultural needs into design of the site.
 
Developers
Cathedral Square Corporation, Grand Isle, Vt. and Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources

Freedom's Gate

Syracuse, N.Y.
The Center for Community Alternatives, Inc. and Syracuse Housing Authority are partnering to create an innovative, green, affordable and supportive housing project that will serve 51 low-income families and people with a history in the criminal justice system. The design approach involves creating an architecturally innovative model for upstate communities incorporating the prisoner reentry population in a way that helps them transition to permanent housing.
 
Developer
Center for Community Alternatives, Inc. and Syracuse Housing Authority

VIRO at Aztec & Ellison

Gallup, N.M.
This new construction will provide two-, three- and four-bedroom homes for 64 families in a residential area west of downtown Gallup, a town with a large Native American population. The multi-family building will make productive use of a vacant lot and link the residential project with a commercial area to encourage additional development.
 
Developer
Community Area Resource Enterprise, Inc.

Amistad Apartments

Los Angeles, Calif.
An existing building with 23 families will undergo renovation using a community engagement planning strategy. Plans include incorporating green building systems into the existing property and establishing design criteria to mitigate environmental and health impacts of the adjacent highway.  

Developers
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, East LA community Corporation and Little Tokyo Service Center

Beacon Village

Swannanoa, N.C.
This project seeks to redevelop a former industrial and social core of Swannanoa, a small town located outside of Asheville, NC. The mild contamination, a blue line stream and active rail line running through the site will create some challenges and unique opportunities for designers. Beacon Village will use this early design process to create a plan for land use, amenities, circulation, open space, and connectivity to the surrounding community.
 
Developer
Mountain Housing Opportunities

New Housing Development at Domingo

Domingo, N.M.
This transit-oriented development is a five-minute walk to the new commuter rail that connects Sante Fe and Albuquerque, NM. Located on nearly eight acres and two miles from the historic core of the Pueblo, this project is planned a new model for the attached adobe homes for large tribal communities. This first phase of 15 homes is one part of the larger Pueblo Master Plan.
 
Developers
Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority and Santo Domingo Planning Department

333 Lenox Road Apartments

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Located in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood, this new nine-story building features 55 affordable homes for seniors. The building’s initial design calls for 46,200 residential square feet and 5,736 square feet of open space and a  green roof or rooftop garden. This building will be designed to make comprehensive health and wellness services available to residents. With this grant, Selfhelp plans to initiate a robust community engagement process with a wide array of stakeholders to improve the overall design, increase impact and foster community support.
 
Developers
Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.

Bastion’s Mirabeau Avenue

New Orleans, La.
Bastion’s Mirabeau Avenue, located on five acres, is planned as a community with 76 single and multi-family homes for veterans, an Intergenerational Community Center and common areas in a traditional neighborhood development. Residents will receive permanent supportive housing with wrap-around services sustained through rental income, subsidies and social enterprise. A critical design requirement for this project is facilitating active engagement among Bastion’s residents to produce meaningful relationships that will optimize recovery and reintegration.
 
Developers
Bastion Community Resilience and Providence Community Housing

Villa de Clara Vista

Portland, Ore.
Built in the 1960s and rehabbed in 1996, Villa de Clara Vista has reached the end of its useful life and requiring a complete tear down and rebuild to a large portion of the property. The ambitious rehabilitation project will introduce 140 homes in three-story buildings that will increase density and provide much-needed play space for children and adult recreation. With this grant, Hacienda Community Development Corporation will engage current residents and community members in a rigorous design process to reimagine and rebuild their organization’s largest multifamily rental property.
 
Developer
Hacienda Community Development Corporation


Enterprise’s Pre-Development Design Grant provides funding for design exploration during the early stages of affordable housing development. Carrying the project from inception to the beginning of schematic design, these grants enable development teams to define project goals, identify challenges and explore multiple design solutions. Armed with new ideas and expanded partnerships, developers complete the process equipped to make more informed decisions that lead to higher quality projects.

The grant funds a rigorous integrative design process in the early stages of development, beginning with a visioning and architect competition and followed by a charrette to strengthen the project’s overall green approach. By engaging a broader network of architects as well as a more robust development team, the grant encourages lasting changes in the pre-development design process of affordable housing. - See more at: http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/designgrant#sthash.zxHGhXkj.dpuf
Enterprise’s Pre-Development Design Grant provides funding for design exploration during the early stages of affordable housing development. Carrying the project from inception to the beginning of schematic design, these grants enable development teams to define project goals, identify challenges and explore multiple design solutions. Armed with new ideas and expanded partnerships, developers complete the process equipped to make more informed decisions that lead to higher quality projects.

The grant funds a rigorous integrative design process in the early stages of development, beginning with a visioning and architect competition and followed by a charrette to strengthen the project’s overall green approach. By engaging a broader network of architects as well as a more robust development team, the grant encourages lasting changes in the pre-development design process of affordable housing. - See more at: http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/designgrant#sthash.zxHGhXkj.dpuf
Pilot Program Grant Recipients
Pilot Program Grant recipients

See the 2012 grant recipients' design concepts and learn what they found most valuable about the pre-development design.