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Affordable, Green Homes–Sheridan Street Dedication

October 12, 2011

Although it was a rainy, cloudy Wednesday afternoon, numerous city officials, non-profit leaders, community residents, and local stakeholders packed under a tent on Sheridan Street in Eastern North Philadelphia for the dedication of Sheridan Street homes.

 Formerly vacant land, Sheridan Street is a green, affordable housing development with 13 environmentally friendly homes. The development was made possible through a partnership between Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) and Interface Studio Architects, along with LISC and other collaborators.

 The homes boast solar hot water panels, green roofs, rain barrels, recycled building materials, and strategically positioned windows to improve interior climate control.  Because of these green features, Sheridan Street is LEED Gold certified—the second highest level for measuring sustainability. 

 In an effort to make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in America, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter commented that “people think solar panels and energy efficiency are things that other people do, but this is not a fad—this is a movement and this is real. It’s about the future, jobs and economic opportunity.”

 President and CEO of APM, Nilda Ruiz echoed the Mayor’s green initiative.  “APM continues to look for ways to make things green, particularly through affordable housing.” APM’s multi-phase affordable housing development Pradera homes is also in the neighborhood, along with a Transit-Oriented Development project at Temple University and the new Rainbow de Colores Playground.

 For more information on Sheridan Street homes, click here.

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