a.m. RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATES inc. Submits Four Applications for Funding in the 2015 PHFA LIHTC Round
Affordable housing development/management firm AMR/CMS submitted four (4) applications to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for its 2015 ultra-competitive round of low-income tax credit allocations. With the aim of diversifying its portfolio and expanding its reach in providing more affordable housing options to those in need, these 4 applications comprise a total of 254 proposed units available to households whose income does not exceed 60% of the area median income. Two of the projects are highly creative adaptive reuses of historic schools (Borough of Glassport and the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh), both being built to Passive House standards. One is a new construction project in Beaver County (Borough of Ambridge) and the fourth is a preservation deal of an existing Family Section 8 property located in Mercer County (Reynolds West Estates) that has been in PHFA’s portfolio since the early 1980s. Below are renderings of three of the projects and more detailed information. Tax credit awards are expected to be announced in late May/early June.
The Glassport Retirement Residence is the proposed reuse of a 1930s-era former elementary/high school located in Glassport, PA southeast of Pittsburgh. This 55-unit senior building will be built to Passive House standards, a cutting edge method of construction in which great care is taken to construct an airtight building envelop thus reducing energy costs for owners and residents alike. Glassport is undergoing a transformation and this project will be a hallmark development as the borough implements its redevelopment master plan.
Ambridge Crossing is one of the most exciting applications AMR/CMS has conceived for its affordable housing portfollio. Located northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver County, Ambridge is a former steel town located on the Ohio River. Its political leadership raised millions of dollars to remediate a brownfield site located in the northcentral portion of the borough. This is the site of the proposed 52-unit, senior project. Also built to Passive House standards, the design concept includes constructing a net zero energy usage building and is being submitted to PHFA under the Innovation in Design category. This is an exclusive award category and will undergo further scrutiny by a panel of judges at PHFA. A conditional partnership with nearby Old Economy Village has been established on behalf of the future residents to connect the project to the greater Ambridge community.
In response to an RFP issued by Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2014, AMR/CMS responded with an innovative concept that addresses multiple issues in the Morningside Neighborhood. First, Morningside Crossing will provide 46 units of senior, affordable housing. Second, through a conditional agreement with the City’s Parks & Recreation department, a new Morningside Senior Center (relocated from nearby Natoli Fieldhouse) will be attached to the side of the building and adjacent to the main commercial district. Third, a public plaza has been worked into the plan, which would serve as the neighborhood’s public gathering place. Also designed to Passive House standards, this project will be constructed using highly energy efficient materials that greatly reduce utility costs for operations.