Creating Healthier Places

Urban Ventures, LLC

2018 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2015
Length of Commitment: 5 years

Committed to prioritize health and incorporate a selection of active design strategies into at least 80 percent of its affordable housing development projects over the next three years.

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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      At least 80 percent of all affordable housing projects meet or exceed the criteria in the active design framework.
    • Progress To Date

      80 percent of all affordable housing developments meet the active design criteria.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      The floor plan includes indoor space for physical activity that is accessible by all building occupants AND at least two (2) of the following: * Is visible from the ground floor corridor or, if not located on the ground floor, is visible from the floor corridor and includes prominent signage on the ground floor to indicate its location. * Includes windows that offer views to the outdoors * Includes physical activity programming that is suitable for both adults and children (e.g. dance classes). * Includes exercise equipment that is suitable for both adults and children. Equipment for adults and children should be co-located.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation provided demonstrates the availability of indoor space for various health programming, including physical activity, and demonstrates easy access and sightlines to exterior spaces.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      The floor plan includes outdoor space for physical activity that is accessible by all building occupants, is visible from the interior of the building AND at least two (2) of the following: *Includes features that stimulate play in children, such as painted ground marketings and/or natural terrain elements. *Includes physical activity programming that is suitable for both adults and children (e.g. basketball league). *Includes exercise equipment that is suitable for both adults and children (e.g. basketball league). *Includes exercise equipment that is suitable for both adults and children. Equipment for adults and children should be co-located. *Is designed with a variety of climate environments to facilitate activity in different seasons and weather conditions.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation verifies the existence of versatile outdoor spaces that support intergenerational activity, including outdoor fitness equipment and children's play areas within the same, shared exterior space. The space is highly visible -- both from ground floor community space windows and from individual unit balconies, ensuring that residents of all ages can be active and be seen.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2019
    • Commitment Element

      Ground floor and second floor stair walls and floors are designed with colors, materials, and finishes that are of equal quality to, or higher quality than, the materials in the building lobby, or artwork and graphics are incorporated within the stairwell.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation verifies that the interior stairwell artwork/mural and terrazzo flooring is in the midst of implementation. The final stairwell environment will incorporate a community-driven design and will provide finishes that are enticing and of a higher quality than a majority of the communal spaces within the building.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      An illumination level equal to or better than the adjacent corridor is provided in the stairwell.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates stairwell light levels that are equal to adjacent corridors.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Stair prompt signage is placed at elevators and at stairway entry points on each floor. Signage is designed with multilingual options, as appropriate for building users.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation provided demonstrates the placement and design of stair prompt signs located throughout the facility.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Secure long-term bicycle storage is available for residents. Storage must be: * Located on the ground floor and visible from the main path of travel; or * Located outdoors and sheltered to provide protection from the elements; or * Located on the first level of a parking garage, include physical barriers to minimize interactions between bicycles and automobiles and offer access to an entrance/exit ramp.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates the ground-floor placement and availability of secure, long-term bicycle storage for building occupants.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Where applicable, ensure that all amenities and facilities on the site are conveniently connected by pedestrian infrastructure.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates adequate pedestrian infrastructure throughout the site.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Where applicable and subject to local zoning requirements, provide sidewalks that are wide enough to comfortably accommodate pedestrians, including those with disabilities.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates wide, accessible sidewalks throughout and peripheral to the site, providing adequate pedestrian infrastructure.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Kitchen facilities are provided, in a common area, for use by all building residents for activities such as healthy cooking classes and food preparation for events.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates kitchen facilities on site, showing floor plan of kitchen space and photograph of space in use.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Gardening opportunities, including raised beds and/or a rooftop farm are provided on site and are open and accessible to all residents.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates on-site gardening opportunities by showing production garden photographs and site plans indicating placement of gardening opportunities within the overall site.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Interior corridors offer views of communal or outdoor spaces within project site.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation supports this strategy, showing indoor corridors have views to exterior communal spaces.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Lighting is provided along building exterior and/or exterior walking routes to the building entrance.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates adequate lighting along building exterior and exterior walking routes leading to the building entrance.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      A stair intended for everyday use is visible from the building's main corridor and is as visible as, or more visible than, the elevator. Where feasible, locate the stair within 25 feet of the building entrance.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates direct sightlines to interior stairwells and immediate access from building entrance(s).

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Day lighting is provided within stairwell at each floor / roof level, using windows and/or skylights.
    • Progress To Date

      The submitted elevation drawings demonstrate adequate daylighting of stairwells within the project site.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Site has pedestrian/bike access to transit facilities, parks, schools or other publicly accessible recreation facilities, grocery stores and other essential goods and services.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation shows pedestrian/bike access to nearby facilities and amenities, including transit facilities, parks, schools or other publicly accessible recreation facilities, grocery stores and other essential goods and services.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      If a street wall(s) exists, at least 50% of the entire length of the building facade on the ground floor is transparent and allows pedestrian views into the building along the street or public walkway.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation and photos provided demonstrate that no street wall exists.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      If the development is adjacent to more than one street, provide multiple entries along the street to maximize convenience for people approaching on foot or bicycle.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrates multiple entrances from the main building site to exterior streets and pathways.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Provide curb cuts/ramps at all intersections.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation confirms curb cuts at all relevant intersections at and within project boundaries.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Create a buffer between the street and sidewalk (i.e. moving vehicles and pedestrians) using parked cars, street furniture, landscaping, and/or other sidewalk infrastructure.
    • Progress To Date

      The documentation demonstrate an adequate buffer between exterior sidewalks and gathering spaces and project streets.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2017
    • Commitment Element

      At least 80 percent of all affordable housing projects meet or exceed the criteria in the active design framework.
    • Progress To Date

      In year three of its five year commitment, Urban Ventures, in partnership with Perry Rose, completed the second phase of Aria Apartments, with 8 co-housing units and 64 apartments, which exceeds the criteria in the active design framework

    • Implementation Date

      January 2018
    • Reporting Date

      February 2019

Partner Statement

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