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by Jennifer Dockery, Staff Writer

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits
August 2010
The American Institute of Architects (AlA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented the HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Awards June 10 at AlA's 2010 convention and design exposition in Miami. The annual awards honor excellence in residential housing design.

This year's winners included two rental developments and two owner-occupied properties. "These developments challenge the old ideas about how affordable housing can fit into the fabric of their surrounding communities," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Helping to build vibrant, sustainable communities starts at the drawing board and each of these developments proves that thoughtful design can create a lasting imprint on our neighborhoods."

The four properties honored this year are Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek in San Jose, Calif.; Arbor Lofts of Lancaster, Calif.; Congo Street Initiative in Dallas, Texas; and Madrona Live/Work of Seattle, Wash.

Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek won this year's Excellence in Affordable Housing Design award, which recognizes architecture that demonstrates overall excellence in terms of design that responds to both the needs and constraints of affordable housing. The property includes 218 affordable housing units along a pedestrian street, or "paseo." Developed by CORE Development Inc. and Charities Housing, the 100 percent affordable development features units for families earning 15 to 45 percent of the area median income (AMI). Many units are reserved for single-parent households, formerly homeless tenants and domestic violence survivors.

Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek features wide pedestrian areas. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography

"These developments challenge the old ideas about how affordable housing can fit into the fabric of their surrounding communities," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
"For the company, it's recognition that, along with the architect, we produced a project that caught the eye. It's recognition for the transformation of the neighborhood," said Dixie Baus, the CORE Companies' affordable housing director.

David Baker + Associates built units along the pedestrian main street and around parking structures in the formerly isolated area of San Jose, connecting the development to the surrounding area. Entry stoops and retail-style social services, including a community room, Native American library, social worker spaces, gym, a pool featuring an automatic lift, playground and daycare center line the street. The property is also 100 percent accessible.
The CORE companies completed construction of the $79 million property in 2008. Funding came from Centerline Capital Group, U.S. Bank, the City of San Jose, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Program, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County, the Opportunity Fund and HUD McKinney Act programs.
HUD's secretary and AlA's Housing and Custom Residential Committee Knowledge Community have collaborated on the awards since 2000. The Secretary's Housing and Community Design Awards are one of four awards that the secretary presents to properties and individuals each year for their work in moderate- and low-income communities.