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||Demonstration Site: New Holly|
From a modest beginning, PATH is providing technical assistance for a sizeable and fast-moving redevelopment effort. In June of 2000, Seattle Habitat for Humanity (HfH) collaborated with the US Conference of Mayors to build the first of many Habitat-initiated homes on an old WWII-era housing site. PATH was called in to recommend technologies that reduce energy and construction costs, and soon found itself in dialogue with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) over their ambitious housing plans on the site of the old Holly Park development.
Out of the now-demolished Holly Park site springs NewHolly, an SHA project of which the HfH homes are a part. Seed funding was provided by HUD's HOPE VI program. NewHolly, called Seattle's first new community in fifty years, involves replacing 871 dilapidated houses with 1,467 new housing units and community buildings. About two thirds of the homes are for low- and moderate-income families and the remainder are for sale. A three-phase project, phase I is complete; PATH, through Steven Winter Associates, Inc. is assisting with phase II for-sale houses and may have broader involvement for phase III.
The homes are set to adopt the PATH-evaluated technology package that went into the initial HfH houses, and a list of additional products are being considered, including SIPS, drainwater heat recovery, and air admittance vents. Ranging from single-family homes to denser multi-family plans for phase III, the project holds promise for a variety of innovative approaches.
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