On November 30, BHC’s Lincoln Mews received two separate awards at ULI’s 2011 Vision Awards – winning in the categories of Sustainable Development and Best Overall Development. BHC thanks ULI Richmond for these wonderful recognitions!
Lincoln Mews is BHC’s first revitalization initiative in North Richmond and the complete transformation of the former Lincoln Manor apartments. Many of the units were vacant and in serious disrepair at the time that BHC acquired the property in 2008. BHC renovated the community in two phases to prevent the displacement of existing families, and upgraded the apartments with energy-efficient features that significantly lower utility costs for residents. The new Community Center, which also incorporates green building technologies, serves as a central location for BHC’s community social workers to provide free and voluntary enrichment programs for all age groups, including after-school programs, resident counseling, and employment training. A new playground, park, and porch overhangs give children safe places to play in view of their parents and help create a greater sense of community. BHC will continue its revitalization efforts in North Richmond by renovating North Oaks Apartments, directly across the street from Lincoln Mews on North Avenue.