Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit, affordable, senior living community, was developed by Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI) Baltimore and Park Heights Renaissance, Inc. using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. Renaissance Gardens is part of Baltimore City’s Park Heights Urban Renewal Plan designed for the revitalization of the Park Heights community and implemented by The Park Heights Renaissance Group, whose mission is to make “land and economic development, alongside human development, transformative influences in the revival of a thriving and sustainable community.” This facility is the first of its kind in the Park Heights neighborhood and features a four-story, independent-living complex with one-bedroom units, common areas, multi-purpose dining room, a living room, computer room, and an activities room. Some on-site health and social services are also available for residents.
As landscape architect for the project, Floura Teeter was responsible for all landscape planting on the site and for the adjacent alley, as well as hardscape design and site amenity selection. Siting of the building allows a front porch and entry garden – elements which provide a direct connection to the existing residential neighborhood. The vehicular drop-off has been designed as an entry court which includes seating areas, raised planter beds, bike racks, and outdoor game/dining tables. Throughout the process, Floura Teeter focused on design elements that could enhance social connectedness and walkability.
Project Category: Housing
Client: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc./Park Heights Renaissance, Inc.
Contractor: Southway Builders
Architect: Grimm & Parker
Project Costs: $6,550,000