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New Hillcrest Residences for senor citizens opens


December 19, 2017

Residents of the new Hillcrest Residences in Carrick decorated their Christmas Tree with handmade ornaments. The tree is on display in the community room where, Elder, a large-scale architectural glass drawing, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art, was etched into the windows by local artist Natalie Settles. For more information about the Hillcrest Residences Grand Opening celebration.

The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) joined with Mayor William Peduto, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, a host of public officials and community members to celebrate the grand opening of Hillcrest Residences last week. The new development brings 66 high-quality senior apartment homes to Carrick.

"The City of Pittsburgh is working to ensure that Pittsburgh is livable and equitable for all. Today, we celebrate high-quality, affordable housing that meets a critical need for seniors in our communities," said Mayor William Peduto.

The community offers eight fully handicapped accessible apartments to promote residents' ability to age in place. Amenities include a community room with library, a garden, a business center, fitness room, outdoor terrace, private room for health services, laundry rooms and 36 parking spaces. In the community room, Elder, a large-scale architectural glass drawing-commissioned by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art-was etched into the windows by local artist Natalie Settles to add to the beauty and tranquility of the space.

"The Community Builders is thrilled to contribute another chapter to the diverse, expansive, and compelling story of the revitalization of the city of Pittsburgh," said Rob Fossi, TCB regional vice president of development, Mid-Atlantic. "With the help of our many talented and dedicated partners, seniors of all incomes can now enjoy new energy-efficient apartments with ready access to amenities right here in Carrick."

"The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) congratulates The Community Builders on the completion of this high-quality, sustainable affordable housing development and thanks them for their continued commitment to the revitalization of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods," said URA Director of Housing Tom Cummings.

"The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is pleased to have helped fund the construction of these senior apartments, which not only are attractive and comfortable but are being built to be extremely energy efficient," said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson Sr. "Lower heating and cooling costs will help keep these units affordable for the residents for years to come."

Hillcrest is Passive House Institute US certified. PHIUS' goal is net zero energy use, even net positive, in the US building industry, along with promoting high indoor air quality. Hillcrest's energy-saving features include a highly and continuously insulated exterior, Energy Star© rated appliances, and high-performance doors and triple-paned windows.

Additionally, residents will have easy access to local transit, health care, shopping, libraries and other services.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto cuts the ribbon on the welcome home wreaths at the Hillcrest Residences grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 12.(from left) Mayor Peduto, Jim Eby, senior project manager at The Community Builders, Inc., Evelyn Gilbert, Hillcrest resident, and Rob Fossi, regional vice president of development, Mid-Atlantic region, The Community Builders, Inc.

"This project is catalytic for the Carrick neighborhood. It is the first multi-million dollar investment right on the main street in decades. Hillcrest enables seniors to remain independent and stay in their neighborhood, near family, friends, and the businesses they have patronized all their lives," said Councilwoman Rudiak. "We are grateful for the city's strong partnership with The Community Builders, Inc. to provide much needed housing options and preserve the multigenerational fabric of South Pittsburgh."

Through partnerships with local organizations such as the American Health Care Group, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC Stroke Institute, Hillcrest residents have access to supportive services-including one on one assessments, personal care support and crisis intervention-to help them remain active and independent.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, a key TCB partner, provides quarterly health screenings, offers monthly healthy eating tips/ exercise and fall prevention workshops.

Significant funding for Hillcrest's $15.8M total development cost comes from the URA, TCB's HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program, tax credits from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta through its member bank, Self-Help Ventures Fund, and Citizens Bank via a syndication fund managed by Stratford Capital Group.


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