Urban Land Institute Announces Winners of the 2023 Jack Kemp Award and Terwilliger Center Award for Innovation

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WASHINGTON – RealEstateRama – The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced two winners for the 2023 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award and four winners for the 2023 Terwilliger Center Award for Innovation in Attainable Housing.

The Kemp Award was established in 2008 in memory of Jack Kemp, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a national advisory board member of the ULI Terwilliger Center. It recognizes developments that use innovative financing sources to provide attainable mixed-income housing, primarily focusing on households earning between 60% and 120% of area median income.

The ULI Terwilliger Center created the Award for Innovation in 2022 to recognize unique yet replicable developments that offer or preserve deeper affordability.

The winners of the two awards are selected by a jury chaired by Ron Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center and chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Kemp Award and Award for Innovation,” said Ron Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center and chair of the Terwilliger Center housing awards jury. “Each year I am impressed by the creativity and innovation behind these projects and the impact they have on their communities. The developments we honor offer replicable models that we hope will inspire the building of more attainable housing, and we congratulate each development team for their exemplary work.”

This year’s winners of the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award are:

  • Broadway Lofts, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.Broadway Lofts is a new mixed-use development on a brownfield site in the heart of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The project created 48 apartments with over 13,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail. It features 48 energy-efficient apartments targeted to Michigan’s workforce housing population. Local grocery cooperative GreenTree Co-Op Market utilized the commercial space to expand their 50-year-old business.
  • Caton Flats, Brooklyn, N.Y.This mixed-use development offers 255 new units of much-needed affordable housing with over 3K sq ft of office space on the ground and second floor for a local community organization, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), 9K+ sq ft of retail space at the cellar and ground floor, and the redeveloped and expanded Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace.

This year’s winners of the Terwilliger Center Award for Innovation in Attainable Housing are:

  • John Parvensky Recuperative Care Center and Renaissance Legacy Lofts, Denver, Colo.John Parvensky Recuperative Care Center and Renaissance Legacy Lofts is a $46.5 million nine-story building that provides homeless individuals with multiple services and opens 98 affordable one-bedroom and studio apartments for those transitioning to more permanent housing. The center includes 75 medical respite beds, which will target homeless people with acute medical conditions.
  • Lucille & Bruce Terwilliger Place, Arlington, Va.Located on a 1.3-acre site just 1,500 feet from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro, the Lucille & Bruce Terwilliger Place is a 160-unit affordable rental community featuring a new 6,000 sq. ft. condo for the American Legion Post 139. In response to an aging facility and diminishing membership, the members of Post 139 saw redevelopment as an opportunity to transform their site, programs, and services.
  • The Hope Center & Berkeley Way, Berkeley, Calif.The Hope Center and Berkeley Way is a joint development between non-profit developers BRIDGE Housing and non-profit developer/service provider Insight Housing (formerly Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP)). It combines four housing types – 32 emergency shelter beds, 12 transitional housing units for veterans, 53 permanent supportive housing units, and 89 affordable apartments – into an integrated community with onsite food and support services, offering a continuum of options for residents with low income to progress through and maintain long-term.
  • Wynne Watts Commons, Gresham, Ore.The Albertina Kerr Workforce & Inclusive Housing project provides affordable and inclusive housing on the Gresham campus of Albertina Kerr, a Portland non-profit that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers. The four-story, 150-unit building includes 30 uniquely designed units for adults experiencing IDD with features such as voice-control systems for lighting and blinds, hands-free entries, motorized upper cabinets, pull-out stove tops, and environmental controls that integrate adjustable color lighting.

Other jury members include Paul Bernard, president and CEO, Affordable Homes & Communities, Arlington, Va.; Rodger Brown, managing director of real estate development, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Boston, Mass.; Payton Chung, managing partner, Westover Green, Washington, D.C.; Vicki Davis, managing partner, Urban Atlantic, Bethesda, Md.; Adam Ducker, CEO, RCLCO, Bethesda, Md.; Jill Ferrari, co-founder and managing partner, Renovare Development, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Michael Francescani, senior manager, CohnReznick, Boston, Mass.; Sara Myerson, managing director, MSquared, Wellesley, Mass.; Josh Posner, founder and CEO, Rising Tide Development, Cambridge, Mass.; Stacy Silber, attorney, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd., Bethesda, Md.; Michael Spotts, director of real estate development, Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C. & Northern Virginia, Arlington, Va.; and Silvia Urrutia, founder and CEO, U Developing LLC, Phoenix, Ariz.

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