West Turner Residences is one of the first buildings in Pennsylvania to receive Passive House Certification, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency that results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive House buildings consume approximately 86% less energy for heating and 46% less energy for cooling when compared to a code-compliant building.
Rental subsidies from the Allentown Housing Authority ensure the project’s affordability and long-term viability. Twenty-four (24) of the rental units are subsidized with Project-Based Housing Choice Vouchers. Seven (7) of the units are affordable at 20% of AMI, twenty-five (25) units are affordable at 50% AMI, and twenty-nine (29) units are affordable at 60% AMI.
West Turner Residences was developed in collaboration with Sacred Heart Hospital, which is located one block north of the development. On the first floor of the building, the hospital will rent 6,000 square feet of space for geriatric, physical therapy, and other senior focused medical functions. These amenities will be available to both building residents and to the general public.