Baltimore— U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and other dignitaries joined Enterprise and Capital One Bank, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Housing, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to celebrate Earth Day with a ceremony for the grand opening of The Greens at Irvington Mews.
Located in southwest Baltimore City, on a site that once served as the Irvington Loop for the #8 trolley line, the newly constructed $16 million development is comprised of 82 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments, 10 of which are fully accessible, including two units with features for sensory-impaired adults. The development is built to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the first national framework for building green affordable housing and community buildings, and meets the standards for both LEED Silver mid-rise and Energy Star multi-family high-rise residential buildings.
“Enterprise is delighted to stand with our partners this Earth Day as we commemorate the grand opening of this beautiful and much-needed community in Baltimore City,” said Chickie Grayson, president and CEO, Enterprise Homes, Inc. “Baltimore City’s seniors will benefit from living in this safe, accessible, affordable and sustainable community. Senior populations are among the most vulnerable, and The Greens at Irvington Mews exemplifies Enterprise’s commitment both to providing critically needed housing for these individuals and to our Earth. The Greens at Irvington Mews is a great example of how the public and private sectors work together through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to serve our seniors.”
The four-story development, located across the street from Mount Saint Joseph High School, was thoughtfully designed by Hord Coplan Macht to respect the residential and commercial nature of the surrounding neighborhoods while meeting the sustainability requirements of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Energy-efficient features include Energy Star windows, lights, bathroom exhaust fans and appliances.
The development exceeds code energy efficiency levels by at least 20 percent, with the installation of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) multi-split HVAC systems. The VRF system enhances energy efficiency by reacting to the heat and air conditioning needs of each room, while conventional systems attempt to heat the whole building. Other green and sustainable features are low-VOC paint, Green Label carpet, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Energy efficient framing techniques were used to provide greater exterior wall insulation. In addition, the exterior skin of the building is comprised entirely of highly durable materials, a combination of brick, fiber cement lap siding and cement fiber panels, all of which contribute to a reduction in energy costs.
“Every day can be Earth Day in homes that save energy and therefore save the environment and save money for it residents. I am proud to join Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Enterprise and Capital One Bank for this great occasion,” said Sen. Cardin. “Here in the United States, everyone— no matter where you come from or what your income— everyone deserves a place to call home. The Greens at Irvington Mews is part of the American dream. Every American— every Marylander— deserves an affordable place to live in a safe, vibrant and energy efficient community.”
“We are grateful to Senator Cardin, Enterprise, and our many partners for their role in bringing the Greens at Irvington Mews development to fruition,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Today's grand opening set an example that building affordable and energy efficient housing for Baltimore's seniors is possible. Projects like this will help us retain life-long residents and let them live and play in the city they love.”
“Fostering the economic well-being of our communities and their residents is a vital part of our work at Capital One Bank, and we are proud to help provide more affordable housing for local low- and moderate-income seniors through the construction of the Greens at Irvington Mews,” said Adam Ostrach, Maryland North Market President for Capital One Bank. “As a local bank, Capital One recognizes the need for quality, sustainable affordable housing in our local communities. We are proud to work with local developers, like Enterprise, to invest in opportunities that will not only provide affordable housing for those in need, but also reduce environmental impact and stimulate the creation of local jobs.”