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West Turner Residences Wins Two AHF Readers' Choice Awards

September 21, 2018

West Turner Residences in Allentown, PA, won best senior housing development and is also the overall winner in Affordable Housing Finance’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards for the nation’s top developments. 

Developed in partnership with Sacred Heart Hospital (now St. Luke's - Sacred Heart Campus), West Turner Residences provides 61 new, high-quality, affordable apartment homes to seniors aged 62 and older. It 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.

West Turner Residences was developed in collaboration with Sacred Heart Hospital and is located within one block of the hospital. The first floor includes 6,000 square feet of space that will be utilized by Sacred Heart Hospital for geriatric, physical therapy, and other senior focused medical functions. These services will be available to both building residents and the public. A pedestrian path was also created that links the apartment community to the hospital.

"We are honored by the support this development received during the voting process," said Mark H. Dambly, president of Pennrose. "We have found that the positive linkages between quality housing and wellness provide benefits to residents, medical providers, and the neighborhoods surrounding developments like West Turner Residences."

Total development costs were $14.6 million. The units provide housing to seniors with income ranging from 20% to 60% of the area median income. Nearly $11.2 million in LIHTC equity was awarded to the project by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.