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CHP Wins Prestigious Historic Rehab Award

Warwick Lobby Coversation Area

Community Housing Partners’ innovative preservation of a Newport News architectural treasure earned the nonprofit organization national recognition yesterday when the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) announced that the newly-restored Warwick is a winner of a 2014 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation (“Timmy”) Award.

The Warwick, a permanent supportive housing facility for formerly homeless people, is one of three winners and ten finalists for the 2014 Timmy Awards, which will be presented October 7 in Boston, Mass. during NH&RA’s 2014 Fall Developers Forum at a luncheon ceremony at the Boston College Club.

The Timmy Awards honor outstanding real estate projects that involve rehabilitation of older, historic buildings primarily using federal or state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Nominated projects are judged for overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, community impact, sustainability, and financial and market success.

Built in 1928 as a luxury hotel, The Warwick was once the center of Newport News’ downtown activity before going into decline in the 1980s. In 1995, Community Housing Partners (CHP) acquired the property after years of vacancy and converted it into 88 affordable single-room occupancy (SRO) apartments for residents who were previously homeless.

CHP’s in-house development, design, and construction teams completed another comprehensive rehabilitation of The Warwick in 2013. Funded in part with state and federal historic tax credits, the rehab comprised historically-compliant  windows, a new roof, updated plumbing, HVAC upgrades, and a variety of energy-efficiency improvements resulting in EARTHCRAFT Virginia certification and a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency.  Other improvements included repairs to the lobby’s historic decorative plaster ceiling, uncovering and refinishing the ground level’s terrazzo floor, and repointing of the original brick  The renovation also improved office space for CHP’s property management and resident services programs, rehabilitated and enlarged community spaces, and added a new community kitchen.

“In partnership with the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, CHP was able to successfully re-purpose and preserve an aging asset into a sustainable, energy-efficient housing option for the community’s formerly homeless population,” said CHP Vice President of Development David Schultz. “It is an honor to receive a Timmy award for our work on a building as impressive and rich in heritage as the Warwick.”

The Timmy awards are selected annually by a multidisciplinary panel of judges which include developers, transactional consultants as well as an architect and preservation advocate. This year, judges selected winners and finalists from a total of 40 applications hailing from 23 states and the District of Columbia, the widest geographic representation in the history of the Timmy Awards competition.

“Over the past decade, this competition has honored dozens of successful projects that utilize Federal and State Historic Tax Credits,” says NH&RA Executive Director Thom Amdur. “We are thrilled to recognize such an innovative and impressive group of projects on the tenth anniversary of the Timmy Awards program. It is remarkable to see the transformations of these historic buildings and the impact the projects have made on their communities.”

The 2014 Timmy Awards are co-sponsored by the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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For more than 40 years National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has been providing an ongoing forum for professionals in affordable housing and historic rehabilitation to exchange information and build new business relationships.