CHP Design Studio Selected as Architect for West Virginia Teacher Village

Christiansburg, Va. –  No stranger to the creation of quality workforce housing, CHP Design Studio—the architectural arm of Community Housing Partners (CHP)—was  selected last month by the Reconnecting McDowell partnership to design homes in downtown Welch, West Virginia for teachers and other professionals.  CHP Design Studio will design a Teacher Village with approximately 30 apartment-style housing units, areas for teachers to collaborate and relax, and community amenities such as a coffee shop on the street level for the general public.

“We are thrilled and proud to be working with Reconnecting McDowell on this very exciting project. Our firm specializes in creating  environmentally-responsible, affordable communities, which will be the foundation of whatever design the partnership ultimately chooses,” said Colin Arnold, managing principal of CHP Design Studio. CHP's architecture team has also designed projects in White Sulphur Springs and Oak Hill, West Virginia.

“McDowell residents are understandably excited about the headway we’re beginning to make on economic development and on many other fronts to effect sustainable changes in this great community,” said West Virginia Board of Education president and Reconnecting McDowell board chair Gayle Manchin.

Reconnecting McDowell, the nearly two-year-old public-private partnership, was created to revitalize West Virginia’s long-struggling McDowell County by improving schools, encouraging economic development, and addressing families’ social and healthcare needs.

Manchin said the partnership will be working on obtaining financing this winter and expects groundbreaking this spring.

About Community Housing Partners
Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a 501(c)(3) community development corporation established in 1975 to serve the needs of low-income  and low-wealth individuals in the Southeast. Our mission is to create affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services for the people and communities we serve. CHP's activities include real estate development, architectural design, construction, energy contracting and training, asset management, property management, realty and homeownership, and comprehensive resident services.  We are a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, and a member of both the Housing Partnership Network and the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE).  To learn more about CHP, visit www.communityhousingpartners.org.