The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today, Tuesday September 30, 2014, the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (ANG) grant program.
Among the list of recipients is Northwest Gardens, Fort Lauderdale. It was selected because of its pursuit and receipt of UDGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development designation providing for planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located near transit and other existing amenities. The project stresses creating a sense of community.
Northwest Gardens, the first project in the Southeast United States to have its plan pre-certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development v2009 rating system at the Gold level, received its LEED ND GOLD certification on July 25, 2012. It achieved 62 points out of a possible 110. The project’s location provided a perfect fit with the LEED-ND rating program as an infill site in an urban area, redeveloped into mixed income multi-family housing consisting of 394 dwelling units located in 44 multi-family buildings in addition to several retail and office buildings. Complete Streets and walkability is an integral component with added amenities of pocket parks, community gardens, community centers, exercise facilities and a recently opened Art House in collaboration with Young at Art Museum. These were intentionally included to improve and enhance the quality of life for its residents. Decorative benches were recently being added along the walkways to create a pathway though the different developments.
“Most importantly, the sense of place and of ownership that did not exist is now coming about because of our LEED efforts, because of the farm, the new homes and the network of partnerships we have built. It sets the tone for members of the community to look at this as a fresh start and a bright future.”
–Scott Strawbridge, Director of Development & Facilities, Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Lauderdale (source: USGBC LEED Project Profile)
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale tied their Step-Up Apprenticeship program to provide some of the construction workers in building the projects. Building all of the kitchen cabinets allowed the participants to gain real world experience which is one of the goals of the program. Dedicating 500 hours of 4000 hours to energy efficiency and green building, the apprentices are expected to complete their GED, NCCER certification and be prepared to pursue becoming LEED Green Associates.
Started in 2010, the ANG grant is funded by a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation which helps to create affordable, sustainable neighborhoods across the country. Recipients will receive $31,000 to pursue LEED-ND certification, education materials and training, access to this year’s Greenbuild and USGBC technical assistance.
Additional recipients include: Bartlett Place – Roxbury, Mass., Butler Street Y Lofts – Atlanta, Ga., Essex Crossing – New York, N.Y., Faubourg Lafitte – New Orleans, La., Rebuild Potrero – San Francisco, Calif., Sheppard Square HOPE VI Revitalization – Louisville, Ky., TNT Eco-Innovation District – Dorchester, Mass., Villages at Cabrillo – Long Beach, Calif., West Grand and Brush – Oakland, Calif., Westview Village – Ventura, Calif.
To learn more about the Northwest Gardens, Fort Lauderdale award winning project, click here.