01.10.11 Howard County Housing Commission Earns “2010 Pioneer in Housing Award”
January 10, 2011
Media Contacts: Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Stacy L. Spann, Director, Dept. of Housing & Community Development, 410-313-6320
Commission recognized for their mixed-income community, Monarch Mills
Howard County Housing Commission Earns “2010 Pioneer in Housing Award”
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that Howard County’s Housing Commission has been awarded the “2010 Pioneer in Housing Award” (Small Agency) from Nan McKay & Associates, Inc., for the Commission’s 269-unit mixed-income community, Monarch Mills, currently under construction on Oakland Mills Road in Columbia.
“The Housing Commission is truly setting a remarkable example for the future of the industry by prioritizing green features and healthy living,” said County Executive Ulman. “Stacy and his team continue to set the standard for affordable housing, providing countless individuals and families with varied opportunities to live in Howard County.”
Monarch Mills, a former low-income housing development known as Guilford Gardens, will boast an amenity-rich, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient rental community for people of all ages and incomes. The development will feature residential units that meet the Enterprise Green Communities criteria, a LEED gold-certified clubhouse with business and learning centers, a swimming pool, walking paths and green spaces, a senior building with a geothermal heating and cooling system, rain water cisterns, recycled materials and energy-efficient appliances and fixtures.
The project was developed through a partnership established between the Housing Commission and the Shelter Group using a wide variety of federal, state and local funds, as well as private financing from the Columbia Bank. The development’s first buildings are set to open in early 2011, with monthly rents ranging from $360 to $1,900. The property is being managed by Shelter Management.
In making its award, Nan McKay stated, “In creating Monarch Mills, the [Commission] is not only providing exceptional, green housing for its residents but also offering services to improve their quality of life. The Howard County Housing Commission is truly setting a remarkable example for the future of the industry.”