Portland, Oregon, isn’t the only city that’s pursuing green affordable housing for those currently without a place to live, as Project H.O.M.E. and Bethesda Project have announced–along with Mayor Michael A. Nutter, rock star celebrity Jon Bon Jovi, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Brian Hudson from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency–that Conelly House, the first LEED- certified, affordable housing facility in the city center of Philadelphia, is now complete.
Named after John F. and Josephine C. Connelly, founders of the Connelly Foundation, this eight-story, 63,620 square-foot facility is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district at 13th and Market Streets. It encompasses 79 single resident units as well as a multi-purpose room, a laundry room, an exercise room, multiple kitchens, offices, storage and a lobby/reception area.
“It is not often you see an affordable housing facility built in the heart of Center City,” said Father Domenic Rossi, Executive Director of Bethesda Project, in a statement. He goes on to note that Connelly House residents will have easy access to transportation and all of the opportunities that Philadelphia’s Center City has to offer.
It’s not often, either, that you see an affordable housing facility going for LEED certification, which this project will now be seeking at the Silver level. Eco-friendly components here include a green roof, highly insulated walls, a rainwater collection system for irrigation and non-potable use, and high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems. Additionally, twenty percent of the materials used to construct the facility featured recycled content and 75% of all demolition materials were recycled.