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Grand Opening for Second and Final Phase of Burwood Gardens Redevelopment Celebrated

May 31, 2018

State and local officials celebrated the opening of Heritage Overlook, the second and final phase of the redevelopment of the former Burwood Gardens public housing project. The development was achieved through a collaborative partnership between The Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County (HCAAC) and Pennrose Properties, LLC.

The second phase of the Burwood Gardens redevelopment started construction in 2016, beginning with the temporary relocation of the remaining residents of Burwood Gardens, followed by the complete demolition of the remaining public housing buildings. Residents returned to brand new apartment homes starting in January 2018, and construction was completed in March. The highly successful first phase, Heritage Crest, was completed in 2013 and is located immediately adjacent to Heritage Overlook.

Speakers at the event included Clifton C. Martin, III, CEO, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County; Michael Hale, director of modernization, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County; Sabina Kelly, greater Maryland market president, Bank of America, N.A.; Carol A. Beatty, secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities; Peter Smith, District 1 council member, Anne Arundel County Council; Kenneth C. Holt, secretary, Department of Housing & Community Development; Steven R. Schuh, county executive, Anne Arundel County; Ivy Dench-Carter, regional vice president, Pennrose Properties, LLC.

“We were thrilled to again collaborate with HCACC to ensure that their vision for the redevelopment of the Burwood Gardens project was achieved,” said Ivy Dench-Carter, regional vice president, Pennrose Properties, LLC. “Both Heritage Overlook and Heritage Crest are testaments to what a successful public/private partnership can achieve.”

Heritage Overlook adds 100 affordable apartments serving individuals and families. The development includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in a balanced mix of garden apartments, stacked flats, and townhouses. All apartments in the project are affordable to households between 15% and 60% AMI, with 60 of the units supported with Project-Based Section 8 vouchers from HCAAC. In addition, 15% of the units are accessible and are reserved for persons with disabilities. Three of the apartments for persons with disabilities are made possible through funds from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

“As part of our ongoing vision and mission, the Board of Commissioners, staff and partners are excited to complete the two phases of this project,” Clifton C. Martin, III, CO, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County. “The predecessor, Burwood Gardens, was the Commisson’s oldest public housing community and the new redeveloped site will be far more sustainable and a true asset to the greater community.”

Heritage Overlook also includes an approximately 5,000 square foot community building with a multi-purpose room, fitness center, computer room, mail room, management and leasing offices, and maintenance space. To accommodate these spaces, the original outdated building was partially demolished, with a new wing added, and full renovation of the remainder of the building. The community building includes separate, dedicated space for a new chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anne Arundel County, which will provide learning and enrichment activities to benefit children in the community. The project is certified under the National Green Building Standard and Energy Star for New Homes and includes a new tot lot and green space for passive enjoyment by residents.

The project was funded through competitive 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, syndicated by Bank of America, a private loan from Bank of America, HOME funds from Arundel Community Development Services, and a grant made possible by the Harry Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.