LEED for NC Gold (Clubhouse)
Monarch Mills was a partnership development project between Howard County and Shelter Development to revitalize a 1970s community in Columbia, Maryland. The project scope called for Harkins to demolish 11 existing apartment buildings and construct 269 new rental apartments that provide a mixture of multi-generational and mixed income units. A swimming pool, clubhouse, and volleyball court are among the site amenities.
The residential buildings are designed to meet Green Communities standards, and the clubhouse was certified LEED for NC Gold. Among the many green features are geothermal wells, high-efficiency light fixtures, and rain-harvesting cisterns funded with federal money. Multiple funding sources were used, including LIHTCs.
The project was the recipient of the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Award for Commitment to Excellence in Rental Housing, and the 2013 HAND Housing Achievement Award for Best Large Affordable Housing Project.