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CHP Building a Reputation for Quality, Energy-Efficient Housing

Christiansburg, Va. – For over twenty-five years, the general contracting division at Community Housing Partners (CHP) has been preserving and constructing new single- and multi-family affordable housing communities that are significant for their attention to quality and energy efficiency.

In recent months, CHP has built a workforce housing community in Virginia’s northern neck region and an all-new addition to a Richmond facility for the formerly homeless, both of which have provided much needed affordable housing stock to their communities.

CHP and the Partners for Lancaster County Schools Foundation proudly announced this summer the completion of an all-new 16-unit housing community for the local labor pool in Kilmarnock, Virginia called Mercer Place.

Developed by the Partners for Lancaster County Schools Foundation and constructed by CHP’s general contracting team, Mercer Place is a rental housing complex specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers, nurses and healthcare employees, law-enforcement professionals, county and municipal workers, and community workforce laborers.

In response to the changing economic character of the region and the related housing challenges faced by local workers and employers, Lancaster County residents established the Partners for Lancaster County Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “build and operate affordable rental housing for public and private school teachers, nurses, healthcare employees, law enforcement, municipal and county employees, and other workforce persons.”  The Partners Foundation subsequently secured a gift of 5.8 acres in the Town of Kilmarnock and proceeded with development of Mercer Place.

The complex, which is conveniently situated near restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues, includes 16 two-bedroom, two-bath rental units that include energy-efficient dishwashers, washers, and dryers.  Mercer Place also features a large outdoor pavilion, gazebo, and recreational areas.

Todd Peacock, vice president of construction at CHP, said that he was pleased to have been a part of Mercer Places' creation because studies have shown that a lack of workforce housing close to jobs and services stifles economic growth, increases traffic problems, creates worker stress, and affects the quality of life in the region. "As long-time developers, designers, and builders of safe, attractive, affordable housing, CHP is deeply committed to community development and to projects such as Mercer's Place that foster economic, social, and environmental vitality."

CHP, in partnership with Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), also completed an all-new, 21-unit addition -- The Studios at South Richmond -- to the existing 39-unit South Richmond Apartments, located in Richmond.  The facility is owned and managed by VSH and serves formerly homeless adults.

Built by CHP’s general contracting division to EarthCraftTM standards, The Studios at South Richmond boasts numerous high performance features such as roof-top solar panels to reduce energy load and ductless air units that pull in fresh air from outside.  

“The Studios at South Richmond is an excellent example of CHP’s commitment to environmentally-responsible, sustainable design and building practices,” said CHP Vice President of Construction Todd Peacock.  “We are proud to have worked with VSH to create much-needed housing that is energy efficient and durable for the long term.  This means a reduced impact on our environment, as well as a reduction in utility and maintenance costs for the residents and property owners.”

Each studio unit is approximately 380 square feet and includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator and range oven, full bathroom, and closet. The building also has a community room and kitchen, laundry facilities, and staff offices.  Eleven units are accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities.