The Habitat House is heading skyward. The first floor SIPs started going up today. We expect the whole house will be in place by this time next week! If you are in Trenton, the project is located at 620 N Clinton Ave, just north of the Olden Ave intersection.
We just completed our plans for a new prototype house to be built by the Trenton affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Breaking with their previous direction of a more suburban model, the Board of Directors and the Construction Committee both agreed to let us design a new, simpler model that is fast to construct and is very energy efficient. The exterior shell is constructed of 6 1/2" Structural Insulated Panels (or SIPs) which will provide a tight and well insulated enclosure. The use of SIPs should also decrease the overall construction time and allow Habitat to complete more houses in a year.
This initial design is for a detached single family residence, and later iterations of this will include attached single family (or duplex) and a row-house model. This project is being sponsored by Bloomberg and we hope to start construction this summer, pending approval by the City of Trenton. Check back for updates!
We have been working on the Clinton Lofts project since late 2008 and it has gone thru many iterations and a couple of name changes as well. The current design, which recently received preliminary planning board approval from the City of Trenton, will have 3000 sf of street level retail, three live/work spaces of 1200 sf each and 12 residential units on the upper floors. The third and fourth floor units will be two-level with roof decks and two or three bedrooms.
Here is a photo of the site currently:
And finally, here are images of the current design, which hopefully will be close to what will be built:
At this point, the residential units will be for sale and will be quite spectacular, with a two story living room and exposed stair cases, modern kitchens and baths.
An interesting article in today's NYT on a challenge of being 'green'. From where I sit,
looking at downtown Trenton and an urban environment in need of serious salvation, the author could not be more correct in saying 'future environmentalists will include inner city pioneers who make the urban core a more desirable place to live.'