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City & State leaders celebrate opening of $30Mmixed-income, mixed-use dev. in JacksonWard Enterprise Community Development and RRHA celebrate ribbon-cutting

HI-LIGHTS December 18 - Jan. 14, 2020 Lenora Reid, Interim chief ex- ecutive officer for Richmond Redevelopment & Hous- ing Authority (RRHA) Sta- cey Daniels-Fayson , Virginia Housing CEO SusanF. Dewey , Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development director Erik Johnston and other community leaders joined representatives of Enterprise Community Development (ECD) socially distanced and with masks on -- for the grand R ICHMOND, VA — City of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer

ter of black banking and com- merce and has been referred to as "Black Wall Street," much like a similar thriving business community in Tulsa, OK. The area was also home to many theatres, jazz clubs, churches, schools and other institutions that were central to life in this vibrant community leading it to also be known as the “Harlem of the South.” The Rosa, a four- story building located at 744 N. 2nd St., provides 72 homes for low-income seniors, and is named after renowned local educator Rosa Dixon Bowser, the first black teacher hired in Richmond and who helped cre- ate Virginia's first professional African American teachers association. The adjacent Van de Vyver Apartment Homes, located at 701 N. 1st St., fea- tures 82 mixed-income apart- ments, including 36 affordable

local community partners, our elected officials, and RIDC for helping to make sustainability a driving force behind Mill 19. This commitment will further catalyze the future of Hazel- wood Green – not just as a hub for new technologies, but as a model for sustainable develop- ment that enhances quality of life for citizens.” “I'd like to congratulate ev- eryone involved in this project for their ingenuity and forward thinking,” said Senator Jay Costa. “Projects like this are the future and it's great to see it coming to fruition in our community. Renewable energy will soon be the norm due to leaders like those who worked on Mill 19.” “This hallmark solar project wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support of the Hazelwood community, RK Mellon Foundation, our local government officials, or our partners in solar panel installation— Scalo Solar Solutions ,” said Tim White , RIDC senior vice president of development. MAREJ units designated for workforce housing and is named after the school for predominantly Afri- can Americans that was once on the site. Although primarily new con- struction, the project also in- cluded the adaptive reuse of an historic convent into eight of the multifamily units, as well as the preservation of a garden established by the Catholic Diocese to commemorate the former site of St Joseph’s Catho- lic Church, believed to be the first Catholic congregation for African Americans in the South. The complex also features 6,000 s/f of much-needed retail space. This project not only redevelops a site that was once a center of African American commerce, it re-knits a portion of the neigh- borhood that was scarred by the mid-century construction of I-95 and 64. MAREJ

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opening of a $30 million mixed- income and mixed-use infill development in the National Historic Landmark neighbor- hood of Jackson Ward. The project draws inspira-

tion from the rich neighborhood of Jackson Ward, listed as a National Historic Landmark District in 1978. During the early 20th Century, Jackson Ward was the region's epicen-

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RIDC's Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green 110,000 s/f rooftop solar array goes live

PITTSBURGH, PA —One of the largest rooftop solar ar- rays in the country has gone live at RIDC ’s Mill 19 at Ha- zelwood Green. The massive 110,000 s/f of high-powered solar panels covers the entire rooftop area and will pro- duce over two million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, enough to power the entire existing fa- cility, according to Donald F. Smith, Jr. , RIDC’s president. The installation of the solar array was recently completed by Scalo Solar Solutions. “The solar array on top of Mill 19 is the largest of its kind,” said Smith. “What was once a rusty old steel mill is now a model for our region’s innovative, cleaner future. When people look back, gen- erations from now, the way we look back today on our days as an industrial powerhouse, we hope they will see Mill 19 as a turning point for the Hazelwood community and a catalyst for wider revitaliza- tion and economic and envi- ronmental renaissance.” "With this solar panel proj-

Caroline Shelly, HF Planners, LLC



ect, the Richard King Mellon Foundation now has invested $30 million in Mill 19," said Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Founda- tion. "We have done so because Mill 19 is the launching pad for Hazelwood Green - a project that will make life-changing differences for the good people of Hazelwood, who too often have been left behind, and for all of the greater Pittsburgh region. Mill 19's solar panels reflect Pittsburgh's national leadership in both sustainabil-

ity and contemporary econom- ic development. This project demonstrates that those two worthy objectives don't have to be at odds. We can do both together." “The activation of this so- lar array at Mill 19, home to CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative, is another example of the power of public-private partnerships to embrace a future driven by innovation,” said CMU president Farnam Jahanian. “Carnegie Mellon is grateful to our foundation and

David Stutzman, AIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, Conspectus, Inc.


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