Landscape Installation at The Avenue (Park Morton)

January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

Park MortonE-Landscape has been selected to carry out installation of the landscape for The Avenue (Park Morton), located on the southwest corner of Newton Place and Georgia Avenue in Washington, DC.

The $130 million, 500-unit Park Morton redevelopment project is a dual partnership between the Warrenton Group and the Landex Companies. Wiencek & Associates Architects & Planners designed the Phase One building and general contractors Hamel Builders are carrying out the construction which is slated for completion this spring.

The 83 unit building is sited on what was once three parcels of vacant land. Twenty-seven units of the 7-story building have been reserved as “public housing,” while the remaining units are classified as “affordable housing,” serving residents with up to 60% of the area median income (AMI). The building also includes 2,300 square feet of retail space.

The objective of the developers and design team for The Avenue was to create a work of architecture that exudes modernity and sophistication, and to challenge preconceived notions about “affordable housing” by using high quality materials and employing an elegant design on the exterior as well as the interior.

Some notable features of the building include two landscaped rooftop terraces, one of which will be outfitted with numerous planters for community gardening opportunities. This green roof will not only provide residents a chance at producing healthy produce, but also lower the energy bill by decreasing the solar load on the flat building top. In addition, all sidewalks are being replaced with brick pavers, granite curbs, and two rows of continuous planter strips, where trees, shrubs, and flowers will bring shade, color, and life to the public space.

E-Landscape’s scope of work includes planting, site furnishings, and the creation of small pocket landscapes around this urban building.

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