Southwest Central Durham: West End
The West End neighborhood is where it all began, where DCLT started.
DCLT owns over 130 units of rental housing scattered throughout the West End neighborhoods of Durham.
The bulk of these sites are scattered along Jackson, Estes, Rosedale, Kent, and Carroll Streets.
Not only instrumental in stabilizing the West End by revitalizing homes and creating homeownership, DCLT also invested heavily in supporting neighborhood associations, empowering residents, and developing leaders.
Pauli Murray Place
With a grant from the city, financial commitment from Duke, and a partnership (the West End Collaborative) between Habitat for Humanity, Self-Help, and the Quality of Life Committee, DCLT constructed six houses with active solar hot water heaters on Pauli Murray Place in 2006 and 2007.
The entire street is considered ‘land banked,’ meaning every house was developed by one of these three nonprofit developers.
One such leader is Kristin Tate, homeowner and current board member, pictured here. She lives on Pauli Murray Place (formerly Gattis Street). The street is named for the first African American woman with Durham roots to become an Episcopal priest. For more information, visit the Pauli Murray Project.
The Court at Carroll for Seniors
The Court at Carroll is a gut renovation of 4 units of rental housing – two duplexes with a common center court that feature 1 bedroom, 1 bath units for seniors age 55 and older.
This quad was developed in partnership with the city of Durham, NCCDI, and NeighborWorks America. Energy Star appliances, metal roofing, and tankless hot water heaters were all installed to improve energy efficiency.
DCLT’s First Solar Development West Park Apartments
Developed by DCLT as a low-income housing tax credit in 1993, these townhouse-style apartment units are four of a 10-unit project on three scattered sites. Built to serve families at 45% AMI, these units still house several of the original tenants from 1993.
In 2015, DCLT was able to invest in substantial improvements to these units with a grant from the City of Durham. At the same time, DCLT was approached by NC Warn to partner on raising funds to install photovoltaic solar roof-top panels as a pilot project of ‘solar for affordable housing’.
The project was completed in October 2016 and is projected to save the tenants $1,500 per year in electricity costs.
Representing DCLT’s exemplary, high-quality energy-efficient building standards, DCLT developed six passive solar designed 3 bed and 2.5 bath homes with shared common green space.
Including Energy Star appliances, fluorescent lighting, and System Vision® certification, these single-family homes were built with 100% steel-framed construction and sold for land trust homeownership in 2008.
A passive solar home is one that is designed and oriented to maximize the heating and cooling capacity of the sun. It utilizes the southern exposure of the sun to help heat homes and reduce energy costs during the winter. DCLT utilizes passive and active solar design for 49 homes.
Maplewood Square is a 32-unit senior rental housing partnership which was made possible in 2009 by partnerships with the city of Durham, Duke University, Self-Help, and DHIC (Raleigh).
With the city donating the land and relocating a public playground, the three nonprofit developers partnered on the allocation of low-income tax credits.
Maplewood Square provides homes for low-income senior residents ages 55 and over in spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.
Bridges Pointe Apartments
These 4 units of supportive housing were built in partnership with the Bridges Pointe Foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Duke University Adult Sickle Cell Clinic.
Bridges Pointe Apartments specifically houses men with sickle cell disease on the premise of the residents providing support to each other.
DCLT renovated the 3-story house (pictured above and below) and the foundation provides ongoing services to the residents.
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