Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee gets LEED approval

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee proved that nations top zip codes are not the only ones who can create sustainable, supportive and healthy communities. LEED gave the Westlawn Gardens redevelopment project in Milwaukee the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project Jake Glavis into a mixed income, award winning community.

This isn’t only the highest ranked LEED ND v2009 building project. It is also the first LEED ND certification in the entire state of Wisconsin, which includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certification in Milwaukee.

The housing authority took a community that was once described as, “having a negative impact on the surrounding community” and, “severely distressed” to one of the most highly decorated communities in the United States.

Ever since 1944, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has offered low and moderate income residents the chance to live in safe, affordable and clean housing.

The Housing Authority has fully involved the community in every aspect of the planning process regarding the redevelopment and earned a full 2 points under the NPDc12, Community Outreach and Involvement. Nine public meetings were held to help gain public input to the projects commencement. Each location is handicap accessible and has bi-lingual signs and staff, as well as childcare and transportation for those in need.

There is no doubt that the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has done an amazing job in getting the Westlawn Gardens project to the highest level of sustainability and livability.

 

Original Article Written by Casey Studhalter