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Affordable Elderly Housing Homestead Apartments
Homestead, PA

Homestead Apartments is a public housing complex of four 12-story buildings that was originally constructed in the 1950s. This apartment complex is located just outside of Pittsburgh in Homestead Borough, an historic urban neighborhood that suffered economically from the dismantling of the steel industry in Western Pennsylvania decades ago. The existing buildings and site were in great need of updating and revitalization both functionally and physically. Because the Ownership felt a responsibility toward environmental stewardship, they did not want to renovate the 50-year old buildings in the standard construction fashion, nor demolish the structures and begin anew. They wanted a green, sustainable, and energy-efficient design and construction. This sustainable design would also extend the life expectance and reduce operational costs. The primary objectives were to improve density, create interior and exterior common spaces, and develop a strong services component with in house fully staffed facilities. UpStreet Architects was responsible for the renovations in Buildings A, B and C, the LIFE Center in Tower D and the site improvements. Towers A and B each converted 72 units into 60 and Tower C converted 60 units to 52 for a total of 172 units. Towers A and B have both received LEED Silver Certification. The site improvements included reduced paving and creation of useable seating areas around trellises and a fountain. The project is funded by LIHTC and HOPE VI.

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541 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Ph: 724-349-3601
Fax: 724-349-5779
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Multi-Use Housing and Commercial
Affordable Family Housing
Affordable Elderly Housing
Special Needs Housing
Service Facilities
Market Rate Housing
Historic Preservation
Certified Green Developments

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