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Construction Corner: The Greens at Irvington Mews

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On Thursday, June 7, 2012, FTLA landscape designer Nicole Reedy attended the groundbreaking celebration for The Greens at Irvington Mews, a new 100-unit affordable housing senior living community in Irvington, Maryland on the outskirts of Baltimore City. Located on the 4300 block of Frederick Avenue across from Mt. St. Joseph High School, the new community is being developed by Enterprise Homes in support of Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan to attract 10,000 new families to Baltimore in the next 10 years.

The new community is also being built to respond to the need for affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities in the area, and once completed will offer 18 two-bedroom apartments and 82 one-bedroom apartments. The development will be built to LEED Silver and Enterprise Green Communities standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and will feature more than 5,000 square feet of common space, including a fitness center, activity/computer room, laundry, lounge, a community room and hospitality suite.

As the landscape architect for The Greens at Irvington Mews, FTLA is responsible for all landscaping and  streetscape design, including ADA accessible raised planters, detailing for fencing, brick piers and bike racks. FTLA also created the concept for interpretive historic signage about the trolley that used to run throughout the area. Harkins Builders Inc., is the contractor for the development and Hord Coplan Macht is overseeing the architectural design.

The total estimated development cost for the project is $15.8 million. Funding was comprised of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity from Enterprise Community Investment Inc.; a loan provided by Capital One Bank; HOME funds from the city of Baltimore City; the Neighborhood Stabilization Program; and developer equity.

The Greens at Irvington Mews is expected to be completed by December 2012. Check back for updates on this important new community.