Here they are—the finalists for AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE's sixth annual Readers' Choice Awards.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE received more than 140 nominations this year, and with the help of the magazine's editors, we carefully selected 33 finalists in nine categories.
This year's diverse group of finalists, representing 17 states plus the District of Columbia, really shine and stand out as models for other developers across the nation. Most of the finalists had to be creative, overcoming obstacles related to the nation's economic crisis and the low-income housing tax credit market upheaval.
Three developments are part of the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina— Emerald Pines in Gulfport, Miss.; The Terraces on Tulane in New Orleans; and the Crescent Club in New Orleans. Tomaganuk in Hooper Bay, Alaska, has created muchneeded affordable housing for this small rural village after a fire destroyed more than 30 structures in 2006. And Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton, R.I., combines affordable and market-rate housing with a working farm and artists' space.
The developments were chosen on our assessment of several key characteristics, including:
- Impact on the community by adding substantially to the affordable housing stock or improving the immediate social or economic fabric; and
- Employs cost-effective or innovative design and/or construction, including energy efficiency and sustainable development.
Developments had to be completed in 2009 or scheduled for completion in 2010.
Now, it's up to you to choose the most deserving in each category and which development should be the overall winner. You must be an AHF subscriber to vote.
The winners will be highlighted in the November/December issue and will be honored at a luncheon at the conclusion of AHF Live: The 2010 Affordable Housing Developers' Summit on Nov. 5 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago.
Check out the Finalists:
PETALUMA AVENUE HOMES
RESIDENCES AT EASTLAND
THE ST. AIDAN
CASA FELIZ STUDIOS
IRIS GLEN TOWNHOMES
BRITTON BUDD APARTMENTS
COGSWELL HALL REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION
HOTEL NORTH BEND
THE CRESCENT CLUB
MALDEN ARMS APARTMENTS
TOWNHOMES AT TOMAGANUK, HOOPER BAY
VILLA SAN JUAN BAUTISTA
THE BIRCHES AT ESOPUS
SENIOR CITY APARTMENTS
THE TERRACES ON TULANE
NELSON HOPKINS APARTMENTS
NEW CARVER APARTMENTS
SILVER STAR APARTMENTS
10TH AND MISSION FAMILY HOUSING
ATLANTIC AVENUE RESIDENCES
ST. MARTIN'S APARTMENTS