Paca House Renovation Project Breaks Ground
The Harkins team attended the groundbreaking of the Paca House Renovation and Addition on Tuesday, September 18th in Baltimore, MD.
Under the redevelopment plans, the Paca House project will include a mix of rehabilitation and new construction that will double the affordable square footage of the building. The current five-story building, which was an adaptive reuse of an old firehouse and an adjoining building, will be expanding into an L-shape in the alleyway next door. A large podium addition will also be added in the rear of the building. The units will be converting from 106 units to 92 units of housing for homeless veterans, homeless city residents, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Nineteen of the units will be reserved for homeless veterans and veterans will be given preference in 63 more units in the building. Of the 92 units, there will be 41 efficiencies, 41 one-bedroom apartments, and 10 market-rate apartments. Although the number of available units will be decreasing, the new apartments will be larger, have more modern amenities, and will eliminate the out-of-date Single Room Occupancy units.
Amenity spaces in the building will include an outdoor courtyard, two community rooms, two resource rooms for on-site resident services, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and a large lobby. The on-site resident services will include case management, counseling, and referrals to the nearby Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The building will meet Enterprise Green Community Standards for energy efficiency and incorporate a photovoltaic system on the roof.