Originally built in 1948, Regent Park is undergoing a decades-long redevelopment from low-income public housing to a mixed-income neighborhood with a focus on community health, economic development, and relocation supports.
The impetus for redevelopment began 25 years ago, stemming both from residents who demanded neighborhood improvements and from the foresight of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), which also recognized the growing need for significant repairs. TCHC is leading the transformation—expected to be complete around 2030—and has prioritized health-promoting features such as parks, athletic grounds, a community center, and the area’s first supermarket. TCHC has also ensured that all original residents have the right to return to Regent Park and that they will be rehoused in an appropriate replacement unit.
Formerly the site of a golf course, Rouse Hill Town Centre brings 210 shops, 104 residences, 2,800 square meters (30,000 sf) of office space, ten restaurants, a cinema, and multiple educational and civic uses to Rouse Hill, a suburb approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) northwest of Sydney, Australia. The mixed-use lifestyle center combines the traditional streetscape of a contemporary town with community spaces and the convenience of the latest shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Launched in March 2008 and developed at a cost of AUS $470 million, Rouse Hill Town Centre opened fully leased and has won praise for its extensive environmentally friendly features, creating a ripple effect in the Australian retail industry.
International Place (IPlace) is a $7 million mixed-use project in the downtown historic business district of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Developed by Blackberry LLC, an affiliate of the Harristown Development Corporation and Affiliates, it combines new construction with rehabilitation and streetfront improvements. At 32,000 square feet (2,973 sq m), IPlace includes student housing, a restaurant, retail space, and a culinary arts program associated with Harrisburg Area Community College. International House (IHouse), the housing component, comprises 34 housing units for 64 students from the numerous colleges and universities located in the area.
Formerly a vacant, distressed office building, Eleven80 is a 316-unit luxury residential tower located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Upon acquisition, the developer–Cogswell Realty Group–found the 75-year-old, 35-story edifice in a nearly irreparable state: renovation required significant work on the building’s structure, new building systems, and a restored facade. As the first major residential construction in downtown Newark in four decades, the project involved seven years of planning, seven separate sources of funding, and a lengthy approvals process., , Founded in 1996, Cogswell Realty Group is a full-service real estate company that owns or manages over 4 million square feet (371,600 sq m) throughout the New York metropolitan area. In addition to Eleven80, Cogswell Realty has extensive redevelopment plans for properties it owns throughout the 28-acre (11.3-ha) redevelopment area just north of the commercial core, cementing the developer’s stake in the renaissance of downtown Newark.
New Columbia is a HOPE VI mixed-income and mixed-use public housing project in Portland, Oregon. Developed by the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP), the $151 million master-planned neighborhood is located on an 82-acre (33-ha) site–formerly the home of the troubled Columbia Villa public housing project–and features 854 residential units including public housing, affordable rentals, seniors’ housing, and both market-rate and affordable homes for sale. New Columbia also comprises the Community Campus, a $20.2 million project anchored by a new public elementary school, a Boys & Girls Club, and a new wing and gym for a city-owned recreation center. The project incorporates a number of sustainable measures: 82 percent of building materials were recycled, a sustainable stormwater management system was installed, and three structures–the elementary school and two mixed-use buildings–achieved LEED certification. HAP, a public corporation, owns and operates the public housing units in Portland that are directly subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The housing authority, founded in 1941, also develops and acquires its own affordable housing stock: altogether, HAP oversees 6,200 residential units and is the largest provider of affordable housing in the state of Oregon. HAP also offers HUD-funded Section 8 rent assistance and administers approximately 8,000 Section 8 vouchers, an important function of any housing authority and a critical source of revenue.
The result of a collaboration between locally based Giarratana Development LLC, and Atlanta-based Novare Group, Viridian is a 31-story concrete and blue-green glass condominium tower that stands in the heart of Nashville’s central business district (CBD). Originally priced between $130,000 and $400,000–with penthouses selling for more than $1 million–the 305 condominiums feature floor-to-ceiling windows, ten-foot (3-m) ceilings, and one- and two-bedroom floor plans that average approximately 875 square feet (81 sq m). The building’s first floor contains a grocery store, another smaller retail space, a lobby, a concierge desk (staffed 24 hours a day), and a mailroom. Part of the ground floor and the eight floors above it contain 430 parking spaces, the lowest residential units are located on the tenth floor, and most offer views of the downtown skyline and/or the Cumberland River. The 31st floor features a club room, an exercise facility, and an outdoor rooftop pool. The project, which embodies smart growth principles, has helped generate demand that has led to the development of several additional high-rise residential projects in and around downtown Nashville.