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Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (Garland Avenue Project)

Overview

On October 16, 2019, the City Council adopted the Housing and Economic Development Strategic Plan. Some of the key findings and recommendations of the Strategic Plan centered on expanding affordable homeownership opportunities and the preservation and creation of housing that is “safe, sustainable, accessible and affordable across socioeconomic groups.”

In September 2020, City Council authorized the use of $200,000 from the City’s Housing Reserve Fund, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, to purchase, redevelop, and sell a Takoma Park property.

The existing multi-family rental property will be fully renovated into a duplex (one two-bedroom home, one three-bedroom home), using sustainable materials and following guidelines set by the City’s Climate Emergency Response Framework.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency are priorities for Habitat in all its builds. The following items will be included in the 7402 Garland Project:

  • Abandonment of gas
  • Removal and proper disposal of all lead and asbestos
  • Installation of underground dry wells to collect stormwater runoff from the home allowing it to dissipate slowly underground
  • Installation of continuous spray foam along the exterior walls and roofline to create a tight envelope and keep heating/cooling in the home
  • Installation of high-efficiency heat pumps and water heaters
  • Installation of Energy Star appliances and WaterSense certified water fixtures

Draft renderings from Muse Architects, subject to change:

 

Project Status

  • Major building permits, for structural and rehabilitation work, have been approved and issued by DPS.
  • Habitat is currently working with the City to finalize tree removal permits.
  • Habitat is obtaining estimates and contracts for trade-specific work (ie. plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing/siding, etc.)

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Garland Avenue

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are vital to Habitat’s work of building decent and affordable homes. Habitat and the City welcome volunteers of all skill and experience levels to build alongside them at Garland Avenue and other locations.

Volunteers can sign up at http://vhub.at/hfhmmtakomapark.

Tentative Timeline:

  • January through June 2021 – Architectural Design, Preliminary Plan Review, Permitting, & Homebuyer recruitment and selection.
  • Fall 2021 – Fall 2022 – Interior construction/Rehabilitation including new/updated utility connections, a fire safe adjoining wall, and addition of a driveway to the right-hand property and execution of all permitted activities.
  • Fall 2022 – Sale of home to qualified buyers

Project Info

  • Target completion date: Fall 2022
  • Takoma Park’s role in the project: Funder
  • Departments involved: Housing and Community Development, Public Works

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