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Abramson, Yarmuth Open Liberty Green Community Center

Friday July 9, 2010

Projected to be first LEED certified public housing facility in Kentucky

Mayor Jerry Abramson, along with U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, (KY-3) and other local officials, officially opened the Liberty Green Community Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

Located at the corner of Jefferson and Jackson Streets, the 13,400 square foot, two-story building is projected to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) as well as the first LEED certified public housing facility in Kentucky.

“I know this building is going to serve the Liberty Green community well,” Abramson said. “It is a shining example of a facility that offers great amenities and is also environmentally responsible.”

The community center was funded in part by the same federal HOPE VI grant that allowed LMHA to tear down the aging Clarksdale housing complex and build the mixed income community Liberty Green.

The approximately $3 million, multi-use center houses eight, one-bedroom public housing apartments (two are handicap accessible), offices, community meeting/training rooms, classrooms and a commercial kitchen.

Green features include:

· exterior wall insulating concrete forms (ICFs)

· geo-thermal heating and cooling

· pervious brick pavers in the parking lot

· Energy Star appliances

· energy efficient windows

· Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) and motion detectors

· No VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints were used

LMHA has applied for a LEED certification. Notification of the rating level is expected within a year. The Liberty Green Community Center will likely qualify for the “Gold” rating.

“We are happy to have this opportunity to construct a building that will not only meet the housing needs of our residents, but also one that is sensitive to the environmental needs of our community, said LMHA Executive Director Tim Barry. “We have instituted a variety of greening initiatives at LMHA and Liberty Green. The new Community Center provides yet another opportunity to demonstrate our on-going commitment to being a good energy steward.”

In accordance with its commitment to strong minority, female and disabled business inclusion on each construction project, to-date LMHA reports the following levels of participation for the Liberty Green Community Center: 25% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), 13% Female Business Enterprise (FBE), and .4% Disabled Business Enterprise (DBE).