Enterprise Reopens Harper House Affordable Housing Community in Howard County

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor   Enterprise Homes has re-opened Harper House. The Columbia apartment building has received a $21 million total building “green” makeover. Enterprise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the building is a tribute to Jim Rouse (April 26, 1914 – April 9, 1996), Enterprise’s founder and also the founder [...]

 

Enterprise Homes has re-opened Harper House. The Columbia apartment building has received a $21 million total building “green” makeover. Enterprise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the building is a tribute to Jim Rouse (April 26, 1914 – April 9, 1996), Enterprise’s founder and also the founder of the city of Columbia. Local and state dignitaries joined Enterprise Homes officials last Tuesday for the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Harper House was constructed in 1971 utilizing the Rouse-Wates System. In 1997, the nine-story concrete building was rehabilitated. Now Enterprise Homes has redeveloped it for low- and moderate-income families.

The building has 42 one-bedroom and 58 two-bedroom apartments. All of the apartments serve households earning 60 percent of area median income or below, with the majority serving families earning less than 50 percent. None of the residents have been displaced during the predevelopment and construction phases.

A nine-story addition increased living space by approximately 9,000 square feet. It includes eight new two-bedroom apartments, a large community room, and an outdoor dining and patio area. A new roof was installed as well as new energy efficient windows, elevator upgrades, new bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, lighting and HVAC systems in all apartments, a new covered entryway with seating areas, a renovated lobby, and new common areas.

The project follows the standards of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Green features include Energy Star appliances, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, high-emissive roofing, low-VOC paints and primers, and green label carpeting. Overall, the building’s projected energy efficiency will increase by approximately 21 percent.

The $21 million development was funded with tax-exempt bonds issued by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through the New Issue Bond Program, Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity from Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. through the sale of four percent LIHTCs issued by the Maryland Community Development Administration, a Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Grant from CDA., as well as contributions from the developer.

 

Photo courtesy of Habitat America.