Each year, Baltimore City hires as many as 1,000 new teachers. Finding fit and affordable housing in a new city can be a tremendous challenge.
Miller's Court is a mixed-use community designed especially for Baltimore’s teachers, and the organizations that support them and the communities they serve.
Once a long-vacant tin box factory, Miller’s Court now bustles with energetic educators and a popular ground-floor café.
Part of its office and retail space rent at a reduced rate to education-focused nonprofit organizations, such as Teach for America, that serve Baltimore City Public Schools.
Built by Enterprise partner Seawall Development, received a $9.4 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from Enterprise.
Certified to the Gold level under the LEED® Green Building Rating System, Miller’s Court won a 2010 Smart Growth Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Renaissance Square, Baltimore County
Renaissance Square is a new community in the Essex-Middle River area.
The 17-acre site is connected to a major regional park developed by Baltimore County.
The development includes 115 new homes for sale – 48 townhouses in two sizes, and 67 detached homes in three designs and sizes. An 81-unit senior apartment building, Evergreen, has also been developed by Enterprise Homes on site; it is owned by the Evergreen Senior Apartments Limited Partnership.
The community employs traditional neighborhood design features to maintain an urban feel. Access to garages is through rear alley connections in most cases, and garages are detached from the homes.
Exterior finishes reflect traditional housing types with front porches on many of the homes to encourage outdoor use and neighbor-to-neighbor interaction.
Parkview Towers, Takoma Park, Md.
Parkview Towers is an affordable development for families and is located just over the state line from Washington, D.C., and near the former site of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). Following the federal government’s recent Base Realignment and Closure process, community organizations and advocates feared that affordable housing near these closed bases would disappear.
With the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development created the MD-BRAC Preservation Loan Fund to preserve affordable housing in Maryland impacted by base realignment. Montgomery Housing Partnership received the first loan through the fund and combined it with a $6.9 million loan from Enterprise Community Loan Fund to purchase and renovate Parkview Towers and preserve 125 affordable homes.
St. Dennis Apartments, Washington, D.C.
The preservation and renovation of the St. Dennis was made possible due to the tenacity of the Martinez family, who refused to be forced from their home when their landlord sought to convert their apartment building to luxury condominiums. The tenants in the St. Dennis endured deplorable living conditions before the Martinez family secured a settlement to purchase the property, and chose the National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation to assist in finding financing to renovate the building.
St. Dennis has undergone nearly $4 million in renovations including significant energy efficiency upgrades.
Improvements include a new roof, windows, reconfiguration of units, new individual HVAC systems, new wiring, new domestic water system, new kitchens and new baths.
Several historic features were maintained, including the hallway marble terrazzo flooring and facade.
The Summit at St. Martin's, Washington, D.C.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington opened the doors to its new apartment community in 2010.
Of the 178 units located in D.C.'s Eckington neighborhood, 128 are reserved for residents earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income, and 50 are reserved for residents earning up to 30 percent of the area median income.
Enterprise supported the development of St. Martin’s with a $10,000 predevelopment grant through the Faith-Based Development Initiative, and $11 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity.
Other development partners include D.C. Housing Finance Agency, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, D.C. Housing Authority, the William S. Abell Foundation, Victory Housing and the Washington Interfaith Network.
Wheeler Terrace, Southeast Washington, D.C.
Wheeler Terrace is a seven-building apartment community that includes 116 units.
When the property was made available for purchase, members of the Wheeler Terrace Apartments Tenant Association exercised their right, under the D.C. Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act, to purchase the buildings.
Next, they assigned their rights to Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) so that the buildings could be purchased and renovated with the assistance of an acquisition loan from Enterprise. CPDC also secured renewal of Section 8 status for the buildings for 20 years to ensure affordability.
Wheeler Terrace is the first affordable housing community in Washington, D.C., to simultaneously meet the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and obtain LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.