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March 2010 – KJG Building Bulletin – Focus on Glen Acres site revitalization

KJG Architecture

March 2010
Published by KJG Architecture Inc.            Volume 2 No. 2

Highlights
& Hot Spots
A roundup of local construction activity, real estate information and projects designed by various firms, including KJG Architecture:
New Commercial Construction
Healthcare: Lafayette Orthopedic Clinic, Women’s Healthcare at Raintree Medical Park
Purdue Research Park: Dow Agro-Sciences greenhouse and office remodel
Purdue University: High Performance Buildings Center at Herrick Labs
Subdivisions
Lot approvals in 2009: 128
Residential Building
Single family permits, January 2010: 27
Residential Sales
January 2010: 68 units, $7.4 million, average sales price of $108,743
February 2010: 91 units, $12 million, average sales price of $132,842
On the Market
Warehouse: 3701 David Howarth Dr.
Historic: 635 Ferry St.
Office: 20 N. Ninth St., 840 Sagamore Parkway North.
Glen Acres Neighborhood
Revitalization Underway

Chatham Square

Demolition crews clear the site for Chatham Square,
one of the exciting projects happening in Lafayette’s
Glen Acres Neighborhood.

Glen Acres Neighborhood residents are seeing dramatic improvements take place as a nearly $20 million,
multi-faceted improvement project moves along.

Bridgeway Gone, Homes Acquired
Milestones already marked in the Glen Acres Neighborhood:
  • Demolition of 27 buildings formerly known as Bridgeway Apartments
  • Purchase of the first four of 14 neighborhood homes by the city of Lafayette, which will remodel or rebuild them, then re-sell.
Infrastructure, Remodeling Work Begins
Coming by early summer:
  • Infrastructure construction to begin for the new Chatham Square residential development on Bridgeway’s 19-acre site.
  • Remodeling/rebuilding of existing single-family neighborhood homes already purchased.
  • Additional single-family home acquisitions and renewal.
“My hope is we can have everything ready to go for the contractor to start in April,” Tim Kraft, planner/project manager, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, City of Lafayette, says of the initial single-family home work. “We’re looking at 60-day completion times.”

The Chatham Square project, targeted for first-phase completion by year end 2011, will include 10 new
single-family homes and 92 rental units in what developer Brinshore Development LLC calls a new urbanist project, with generous green space and a mix of housing options. The city purchased the declining property in January 2009 to spur redevelopment.

$7.8 Million Grant
Transformation of the area bounded by Sagamore Parkway, Creasy Lane and Greenbush and Union streets is getting a $7.8 million boost from the Indiana Housing & Community Redevelopment Authority. The city’s plans also include providing rehabilitation funding assistance to improve about 30 owner-occupied homes and improvements at Munger Park.

Spotlight:  Cash In on Energy Efficiencies

Energy Star

Energy savings, tax credits and even cash rebates are helping business and home owners cash in when they replace furnaces and air conditioners.

“Now is a very good time to buy a heating and cooling system that’s more economical to operate,” says Troy Helderman, owner of Climatek Heating and Cooling in Flora, which serves a 100-mile radius.  Efficiency ratings have improved dramatically, he notes.  “Right now, if your furnace is running at 72 percent, $28 out of every $100 you spend is going out the flue stack.” New furnaces, he notes, can deliver 95 percent efficiency.

Indiana Giving Rebates
Cash rebates became available February 1 in Indiana under the Energy Star Appliance Rebate program. Rebates of $500 are available on Energy Star-rated heating and cooling systems or gas furnaces with an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 92 percent or greater. Geothermal heat pumps can net a $1,000 rebate.

The $6.1 million in Indiana incentives are funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The rebates last until the money runs out. For qualifying information, visit www.energy.in.gov. Rebate applications must be postmarked within 30 days of equipment purchase.

Other Incentives Also Available
Federal tax credits and utility company incentives may also be available. Check with your supplier, accountant or utility about eligibility before purchasing new equipment.

Take a Look:  Religious Design

Delphi United Methodist Church

Delphi United Methodist Church’s new facility will provide desperately needed space and increased visibility from the new Hoosier Heartland Corridor.

Ever since KJG Architecture’s inception in 1997, church designs and religious projects have been a steady focus.  Previous projects for KJG include Sunrise Christian Reformed Church, Grace Lutheran, Crossroads Christian Church, Saint Lawrence Parish Hall, Temple Israel, Calvary Apostolic in Noblesville, and Temple Baptist in Kokomo.  KJG is current designing new facilities for Saint Alexis Orthodox Church and Delphi United Methodist Church.

While designing a religious space that meets the needs of the entire congregation as well as budget constraints is often challenging, KJG owner Kelly John Good says, “Churches
are one of the most rewarding types of projects we work on because we are to see first hand the excitement of the congregation when they move into their new space.”

While economic concerns have caused many congregations to delay plans to build or expand, KJG anticipates many local congregations pursuing building projects in the very near future.
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