Events at Montgomery Housing Partnership
Halpine Hamlet Ribbon Cutting 2013
MHP hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Halpine Hamlet on September 10th to thank investors and showcase the $3.38 million green renovation of the 67-unit property near the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville.
More than 60 partners, local elected officials, community leaders, and residents joined MHP to tour the property, which was acquired in September 2009 from the Slavin family of Bethesda for $5.9 million. The renovation occurred in two phases and focused on making much needed energy-efficient upgrades to the 46-year-old property. These included replacing the roofs and installing high-efficiency HVAC systems, new windows, kitchens, bathrooms, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, ceiling fans, and interior doors. The renovation was completed in December and created 35 jobs.
A brand new playground was installed on May 4 after Rockville resident Shari Ashman gave a generous donation and invited her family and friends to help build it on her 70th birthday. The playground has become the focal point of the property, where residents sit and talk to each other, watch their children play together safely, and bond as a community.
Preservation of 1950s Apartments Hailed as Model Development
When Gilbert Highlands reopened in September, it became the first housing development in Maryland to open after receiving funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. The $5.34 million acquisition and renovation of the 21-unit apartment community is a model public-private partnership that came together over the course of three years despite the tough economy. Federal, state and local officials were on hand to tour the green renovation. MHP acquired the property in 2007. The renovation began last November and created 28 jobs.
The completion of Gilbert Highlands raises MHP’s total investments in Takoma Park and the Long Branch neighborhoods, through public and private financing, to $40 million over the last 10 years. Gilbert Highlands includes two residential buildings, an onsite rental office, and a community center that houses a bilingual preschool and computer lab. The preschool opened on Sept. 15 and operates a morning and afternoon session for children living at Gilbert Highlands, Crossroads at Flower, Greenwood Terrace, Browning, Sligo View, and Merrimac Gardens.
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Takoma Park Ribbon Cutting
U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and local leaders, cut the ribbon at the Takoma Park Preservation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 17, 2008.
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Crystal Pittman, a resident of Sligo View thanks all the partners for keeping her apartment building affordable. Michael Forster of NeighborWorks is presented a plaque to commemorate the ribbon cutting.
Montgomery County Council Member, Valerie Ervin spoke about the need for affordable housing in our county.