NRHA to Build Contemporary EarthCraft Townhomes between Ghent & ODU

For More Information: 

Kelly R. Williams
kwilliams@nrha.us
757.314.1645

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) selected Howerin Construction to develop 14 EarthCraft townhomes along the south side of 26th Street at Hampton Boulevard.
 
NRHA issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in December 2009 and received responses from three builders.
 
Site improvements are underway and consist of rebuilding and reconfiguring West 26th Street west of Hampton Boulevard including the intersection with Bowdens Ferry Road. Improvements to 26th Street include a parking lane, widened sidewalks, new landscaping and upgraded storm drainage. New water and sewer lines and all overhead utilities will be placed underground. The project includes improvements to the west side of Hampton Boulevard between 25th and 27th Streets to create a gateway entrance to the new townhouses.
 
Reflecting a departure from the usual styling of local townhouse projects, the concept of this new development will strike a balance between the traditional architecture of Norfolk’s heritage neighborhoods and full-fledged modern design.
 
The units will be two and three bedrooms, with options of two master suites, ranging from 1280 to 1440 square feet. These two-story units feature higher quality and higher amenity level over larger size. The residences will be distinctly positioned in the market with competitively projected sales price points (expected $160,000 to $200,000), fresh contemporary architecture and urbane interior design appealing to young professionals. Units will have rear garages and on-street visitor parking.
 
Units will meet EarthCraft standards by including low voltage and energy efficient fixtures, programmable thermostats, EnergyStar appliances and equipment, tankless water heaters, dual-flush toilets and flow-restrictor shower heads. Interior finishes will include recycled material countertops and flooring, renewable forest wood flooring and cabinets, natural or recycled fiber carpeting and padding and more. Green construction methods are expected to be employed, such as pre-engineered wall sections, a maximum of five percent materials waste and donation of surplus materials to the Habitat for Humanity Store in Norfolk for recycling.
 
Construction is expected to begin September 2010.
 

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