12-35 Pear Tree Place III

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NEXT STEP HOUSING - Yakima, WA

The 22 units of new construction for this infill, third phase of apartment development at the Pear Tree Place site will house homeless veterans, homeless disabled adults and adults with developmental disability. Four two-story apartment buildings, each with four to six units, are comprised of one and two bedroom apartments and townhouses; associated site work includes a new central laundry room, new parking lots, and the completion of site landscaping, walking paths and stormwater bio-swales. Completely integrated into Pear Tree Place II and its picnic areas, basketball court, play structures and outdoor gathering spaces, Pear Tree III also includes raised gardening beds for use by tenants and a lawn area for children’s soccer games. The site is fully accessible and attractively designed in keeping with the single-family home disposition of the adjacent neighborhood.

 

The development process for Pear Tree III included a comprehensive analysis of planning and housing design that is accountable to the needs of its intended residents as well as the environment. Green building design and energy efficiency were incorporated into every aspect of the project, with compliance in place with the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard and its comprehensive array of requirements emphasizing neighborhood fabric, landscaping / erosion control / irrigation / surface water management, water conservation, energy efficiency, environmentally preferable materials, regionally available building materials and healthy living environments.

Interior floor plans were designed to maximize utilization of floor space, with open spaces that will contribute to both increased function and flexibility. Durable, standardized materials and finishes were incorporated into both exterior and interior selections, including important details such as commercial grade door hardware and SIPs panels to reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

 

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Planned for a non-profit organization and funded primarily through the State of Washington Department of Commerce, Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Pear Tree III’s budget was of critical importance. Budgeting was controlled through detailed coordination of performance expectations with the project’s Owner and Contractor; this affordable housing project was successfully bid at the target cost.

The final phases of construction will end in 2014 with a completely developed site. The visionary 10 year planning and development by Next Step Housing provided a site that we were able to add 22 apartments, 2 studio apartments, and finally a community meeting center. All additive site solutions and three separate projects were based on successful grant funding and shaped by neighborhood needs to serve the Pear Tree Place residents.

The site houses veterans, disabled adults and adults with developmental disability. The new units include studios, one and two bedroom apartments and townhouses. The new work also included new and remedial site utility and city coordination, shared laundry room, parking lots, site landscaping, gravel walking paths, raised resident gardening beds, and street lights. The last phase of the work to be completed was the Community Building, often referred to as "The Cabana". This central building features generous meeting room toilet rooms, a serving kitchen, office, and provides a common place for resident meetings, tenant support agency use and neighborhood events. The Next Step maintenance staff is providing some of the final interior finishes completing the project with the final remaining project funds.

The phases of residential work were intentionally co-mingled on site. Pear Tree Place site includes complimentary picnic areas, play structures and outdoor gathering spaces, The site and units are accessible and attractively different in design and colors to reflect the growth of the project over time, reflecting a sense of place for residents and the adjacent neighborhood.

The development process for Pear Tree III included comprehensive analysis, planning and city coordination to be accountable to the needs of residents as well as the environment. Green building design and energy efficiency addressed compliance with Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard. The project emphasizes a quality neighborhood, through attractive landscaping, energy efficiency with SIPS panel wall construction and efficient PTAC wall mechanical units.

Apartment floor plans were designed with open spaces that will contribute to both increased function with adequate storage and flexibility. Durable, proven materials and finishes including, hard floor surfaces in occupied rooms, commercial grade door hardware and repetitive HVAC units for minimum maintenance costs and prompt repairs.

The project was funded primarily through the State of Washington Department of Commerce, Washington State Housing Trust Fund. The two studios were funded by a Home Depot veteran’s grant. Traho Architects controlled and met Pear Tree III’s budget through detailed project expectations, cost and aesthetic coordination with the Owner and General Contractor. This project was successfully bid at the target cost allowing for the inclusion of the community building.

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