This renovation of 54 units at six buildings on four scattered sites in Bethlehem and Allentown, PA was a project of PHFA’s Preservation Through Smart Rehab Program. If the project had not received the preservation credits, the buildings might have been sold and lost as affordable housing stock.
It was an occupied renovation with rolling tenant relocations.
One of the major challenges with this project was with the timing of preconstruction/pre-closing process. The tax credit allocations were made in April 2012, and from April to September, all closing documents, including final construction drawings, permitting, etc. had to be completed – a short time frame.
There are green elements as part of the funding or owner’s requirements, including: low flow toilets and faucets; Energy Star rated appliances where possible; construction waste recycling; and compact fluorescent or high efficiency lighting. There were high efficiency boiler replacements on five of the six buildings; the sixth building received high efficiency gas splits.