The Sundowner was formerly an abandoned motel, prominently situated in the heart of Albuquerque on historic Route 66. This redevelopment project complies with LEED for HOMES certification, meeting or exceeding the performance of an Energy Star labeled home. A comprehensive landscaping plan has been implemented, featuring native, drought-tolerant plants; this practice reduces irrigation demand by 20%. The reduction of local heat island effects has been addressed by locating trees or other plantings to provide shading for at least 50% of sidewalks, patios and driveways within 50 feet of the home, as well as a wood shade structure around the front mixed-use building. A rainwater harvesting and storage system for landscape irrigation has been installed. Windows and glass doors meet or exceed Energy Star for Homes Nation Builder Option.
Throughout design and construction, the project team worked with Green Insight, who assisted in identifying opportunities for energy savings and performed third-party inspections and testing of the units. Each unit is designed and built to save at least 40% of the overall energy that would typically be required if a similar unit were built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. Each unit has ENERGY STAR appliances and indoor air quality is maintained through the use of natural and low VOC content materials and finishes, reducing product off-gassing after construction. Low-e operable windows and high efficiency filters assure fresh clean air for each unit. Because water conservation is of great concern here in the desert southwest, each unit has installed only high efficiency fixtures. These include 1.5 GPM (Gallon Per Minute) shower heads, 1.28 GPM toilet fixtures and 1.5 GPM faucets. Since many of our residents do not own vehicles, a parking waiver was granted so that the site has less parking than required by code supporting our efforts to reduce the heat-island effect and promote public transportation. The Sundowner is conveniently located adjacent to a Central Ave bus stop.
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At the peak of Route 66 in 1955, 98 motels lined the Mother Road in Albuquerque. Today, fewer than 40 pre-1955 motels remain. Among these is the Luna Lodge. Built in 1949, the motel was one of the easternmost motels along Albuquerque’s commercial strip. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and is described as one of the best examples of a largely unaltered tourist court remaining along New Mexico Route 66.
NewLife Homes has rehabilitated Luna Lodge into 14 apartments with an additional 16 units built on the north side of the property. Luna Lodge received the highest level of energy efficiency (LEED Platinum) and has resident amenities including laundry, outdoor play area, and community room.
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NewLife Homes 5&6, also known as the Glen Cheney Apartments, is a 25-unit complex featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments on 98th St. This serene property also hosts a community garden in partnership with the Westgate Neighborhood Association.
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NewLife Homes 4 prides an award-winning design modeled after Chaco Canyon and features 48 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.
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Opened in 2004, NewLife Homes 2 consists of 18 one-bedroom apartments conveniently located off of Coors and Central near the Alamosa Community Center.
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Built in 2005, NewLife Homes 3 consists of 15 one-bedroom apartments situated between NewLife Homes 2 and NewLife Homes 4 near the Alamosa Community Center.
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Established in 1994, Kentucky Manor features 38 one-bedroom apartments near Zuni and Louisiana.
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Broadway Apartments were established in 1997 and features 11 one-bedroom apartments and 7 efficiency studios conveniently located on Broadway and Coal.
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La Terraza apartments opened in 2011 in partnership with Bethel Development Inc. in Farmington, NM. The property features 72 two and three-bedroom apartments.
Cedar Creek/San Tierra is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and features 86 2- and 3-bedroom apartments; this acquisition/rehabilitation project opened in 2013.
Proposed Project: To redevelop the El Vado and Casa Grande sites into a mixed income, mixed use development that preserves existing historic buildings, and promotes a livable, pedestrian friendly commercial and residential development.
The space will be comprised of 70 apartment units, 27 at El Vado and 43 at Casa Grande (hereafter referred to as the Franciscan). The Franciscan will also have 16,000 sq ft of commercial and common space. The commercial space will be on the ground floor acting as a natural buffer from Central, and common space is dispersed throughout the ground floor and rooftop areas to be a local resource for training, workshops, meetings, presentations, and local art displays. The combined site amenities include community garden, barbecue areas, play area for children, laundry facilities, and multiple common areas.
We develop housing that reflects the wider community needs, and includes workforce housing (for example medical assistants, food industry employees, first responders), alongside working families, and vulnerable residents with disabilities.
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