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HABC Celebrates the Grand Reopening of the Allendale

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, HABC Acting Executive Director Michael Braverman joined Enterprise Homes, Inc., City Council President Jack Young, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, the HABC Resident Advisory Board, partners, and residents to celebrate the grand reopening of the Allendale. The Allendale is HABC’s first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) property to complete renovations. Through RAD, the 164-unit building has been transformed into a safe, energy-efficient, and welcoming community that residents can be proud to call “home.”

“HABC is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Allendale, Baltimore’s first completed RAD project. I want to thank Enterprise for their partnership. They did more than help us preserve affordable housing with this project, they set a new standard for quality and look that we are all proud of," said HABC Acting Commissioner Michael Braverman. “I share in Mayor Pugh’s vision that our housing agenda must include a focus on creating the conditions and opportunities that improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents.”

Renovations reached every part of the 12-story building. Each of the 164 one-bedroom apartments was upgraded with new energy-efficient appliances, new kitchen cabinets, new windows and doors, updates to the bathrooms and repainting. Common area spaces were remodeled to provide a new game room/library, computer room, and fitness room, and the community room was also renovated. All major utility systems have been upgraded, and a coating was applied to the building to prevent water infiltration. In addition, the exterior was freshened through a new color scheme.

“The excitement of The Allendale’s residents as they moved into the renovated apartments highlights the importance of RAD,” said Chickie Grayson, president and CEO of Enterprise Homes. “As the first building in Baltimore to benefit from RAD, The Allendale also offers a model for other public housing redevelopments. Enterprise Homes is proud to have helped preserve these vital units of affordable housing.”

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is engaged in an ambitious repositioning of 23 of its public housing developments through RAD. The RAD program in Baltimore City is preserving approximately 4,300 units of public housing, which is over one third of HABC’s public housing portfolio. The RAD program has allowed HABC to raise approximately $300 million in capital that will be invested in the preservation of these 23 properties, thereby extending their useful life by decades. To date, HABC has closed on 14 projects (2,670 units) and has generated over $200 million in capital for repairs.

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