The conversion of a church campus into a home development in Jamaica Plain, a historic neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts is placed second in a nationwide competition for home development projects, which displays excellence in both “green” and affordability construction.
The Neighborhood Development Corporation in Jamaica Plain receives a $25,000 grant for its home development that was placed as second in Home Depot Foundation’s sixth-annual “Awards of Excellence for Affordable Housing Built Responsibly” “Home Ownership” category.
According to Home Depot, the 16-unit condo, Creighton Commons, a home development opened in October 2009 on the former church site—the Blessed Sacrament Church was selected for the grant based on some criteria including community involvement, building performance, and architectural design.
Richard Thal, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Executive Director said in a press release that they are honored for the Home Depot’s recognition.
In the press release, Thal said JPNDC shares a common goal with The Home Depot Foundation, which is to have a home development that is affordable and modestly-priced homes for the people, as well as in promoting long-term health and adding vitality to the community.
Particular attentions paid to the home development are how each of the projects provides long-term affordability and savings to its residents through a lesser maintenance, transportation, and utility costs.
The Home Depot Foundation selected Lopez Community Land Trust in Lopez Island, Washington for the Awards of Excellence for Affordable Housing Built Responsibly as the winner.
Home Depot’s foundation created the awards for home development and projects by non-profit housing in 2005 and was announced at an expo hosted by the US Green Building Council in Chicago.