Fisher Architecture LLC, Announces Completion of Renovations to Village at McKee Branch Multi-Family Project in Dover, Delaware
Posted on - August 24, 2016
August 24, 2016 – Fisher Architecture LLC, an experienced architectural firm providing functional design and construction solutions to clients, announced the completion of renovations made to Village at McKee Branch townhouse community on Harmony Lane in Dover, Delaware, a joint venture between Milford Housing Development Corporation and Green Street Housing financed by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).
“The community is bigger and better than we could have ever imagined,” said Julia Jaquette, Green Street Housing, development associate. “It is a completely different property when you drive through it. The renovations gave the community something to be proud of. You see them interacting more because they have a designated community space. Thanks to Fisher Architecture for taking the vision and making it become a reality for the residents.”
Fisher Architecture provided design services for the renovation of the existing townhouse community to convert the units into garden style apartments. Through this process the firm was able to add more apartments to the existing footprint, a community building and play area for neighborhood children. The new development also offers convenient access to walking paths and parking.
The Village at McKee Branch project consists of the renovation of 13 buildings with 71 townhouse units being converted into 66 apartments throughout 12 buildings and the construction of a new Community Center building with a leasing office, a business center, and community room with a kitchen and laundry facilities. Each building is being stripped down to its foundation and additional concrete masonry units are being added to raise the new floor height, from where new construction begins. The garden flats and two story townhomes range from two to three bedroom designs.
“Through close coordination with the general contractor, we were able to provide solutions to ease construction and speed up the timeline,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture LLC. “Initially the existing townhomes suffered crawlspace flooding which caused structural deterioration. Our team originally intended to keep the existing framing of the buildings but after further investigation it was determined necessary to elevate the buildings and build new.”
“We are pleased with the revitalization of this complex,” said Russ Huxtable, Milford Housing Development Corporation. “The redevelopment is truly breathing new life back into the community for the residents and their families.”
In addition to submissions made to the permitting office, Fire Marshal, and the Civil Engineering firm the project also required review and coordination with the Delaware State Housing Authority for compliance with the LIHTC threshold and competitive design requirements. Fisher Architecture worked closely with DSHA and Green Street Housing to finalize the design and assure all requirements were met. The neighborhood now includes 20% of units as Accessible units complete with ramps and site wide accessibility upgrades.
Fisher Architecture has worked with Green Street Housing on eight prospective and completed acquisition/rehabilitation and new construction LIHTC projects in Maryland and Delaware including Greenside Manor, Heron Run, Greenwood Acres, The Village at Slippery Hill and Rivertown Landing.
For more information on Fisher Architecture LLC visit www.fisherarchitecture.com or call 410/742-0238. To contact Keith Fisher AIA LEED AP, founder Fisher Architecture LLC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.