Redevelopment and Economic Investment Positively Impact Local Goals and Visions
Verde Multi-Family Apartments, a multi-family housing complex, is home to six residential buildings with 134 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Sitting just outside of the downtown Hummelstown core, the complex includes parking, a fitness center, multi-car garage buildings, sidewalks, and open spaces.
The Verde Multi-Family Apartments project is an excellent example of the originality that can be achieved when using the principles of smart growth. The RGS team implemented several of the smart growth principles, including the creation of a walkable neighborhood, a range of housing choices, the preservation of open space, and the strengthening of existing communities. By building within the fabric of an existing, walkable, and vibrant community with well-established streets and infrastructure, the project integrated seamlessly into the context of adjacent neighborhoods.
This project also brought new life to the vacant Verdelli Farm, a vegetable cleaning and packaging facility. The site plan needed to work within the context of the neighborhood, meet local ordinance and stormwater regulations and comply with all applicable environmental requirements that would ultimately impact the removal of the formerly blighted processing buildings.
Revitalization through Infrastructure Improvements and Creative Design
The project included the replacement of water lines, the relocation of various utilities, upgrades to a sewer pump station, and the removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials from the existing buildings prior to their demolition. Our team’s site design also implemented extensive innovative underground detention systems that allowed the site to accommodate maximum development densities.
Amenity spaces between buildings and terminal vistas created by the materials used on key corners of garages and feature signage have resulted in a fresh, original character in this section of Hummelstown Borough. Verde is just one example of the borough’s revitalization and redevelopment efforts that are lessening development pressure on agricultural lands elsewhere in the county.
Facilitating Connections to Secure State Development Grants
As part of the private development, the RGS team worked with Hummelstown Borough to obtain a public improvement grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to support the cost burden associated with the public infrastructure improvements necessary to implement the project.