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Neighborhood Revitalization via a Public/Private Partnership

Project: Obery Court/College Creek Terrace, Annapolis, MD

Goal: Private developer and City housing authority, both represented by Hyatt & Weber, P.A., sought to redevelop aging public housing units though a multi-phased residential planned development approach.

Strategy: Hyatt & Weber, P.A. assisted Pennrose Properties, LLC and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) to collaboratively redevelop College Creek Terrace and Obery Court, which included some of the nation's oldest public housing structures. Pennrose and HACA worked initially with existing residents to develop project goals. Hyatt & Weber coordinated the team's various consultants to prepare and pursue the multiple entitlements required for the project. The redevelopment necessitated approvals for a multi-phased residential planned development, site design plan review, major subdivision, variances, moderately priced dwelling unit (MPDU) tolerances, and alternative parking standards. Careful scrutiny was given by local and state agencies to the portion of the site located within the Resource Conservation Area (RCA) of the Critical Area overlay. Throughout the process, the firm worked with elected officials, administrative staff, and local residents to facilitate and streamline the application review period. Hyatt & Weber also assisted Pennrose with matters related to tax credit financing, which was necessary for the project to go forward. After public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals, the City approved the redevelopment of 184 homes on the site.

Results: New homes are enjoyed by residents in Obery Court Phase I, and homes are under construction in Phase II of Annapolis' Obery Court/College Creek Terrace community.

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