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June 29, 2005

Liberty Village Breaks Ground on Innovation

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) celebrated the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development on Tuesday, June 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Representatives for Senators Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry joined Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng, and HUD Regional Director Macie Houston to see work begin on the innovative project.

PATH celebrates the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development, which will feature 16 detatched home like the one in this rendering. As a PATH field evaluation project, Liberty Village will have ENERGY STAR rated high-efficiency two-story homes and townhouses that feature plastic plumbing manifolds that improve water efficiency and deliver hot water to fixtures faster. Additionally, Liberty Village will be built with "green" practices to protect and preserve the surrounding natural resources, including using pervious concrete and bio-filtration to preserve the purity of Nebraska water.

Furthermore, Liberty Village will feature multicultural sensitive architecture to respond to Nebraska's changing demographics. Builder Brighton Construction has researched Lincoln's distinct populations to determine how a home can be designed to better fit their lifestyles and cultural preferences. For example, Vietnamese homeowners prefer a kitchenette in the garage or back porch to accommodate summer cooking, while Arab occupants want a separate room for the toilet.

The 20-unit project, which includes 16 detached single houses, is scheduled to be completed by fall 2006. Homes will be priced from $120,000 and $135,000. Along with PATH, project partners include the City of Lincoln, Fannie Mae, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, Neighborhoods, Inc., ENERGY STAR, RM101 Architecture, HOME Real Estate, and environmental building supply company Straw, Sticks and Bricks.

For more information:
Scott T. Shepherd

Content updated on 7/5/2005

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