On February 21st, 2012, Enterprise Community Partners hosted a housing design charrette for the Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO) in Puerto Rico. Enterprise selected four organizations with projects in schematic design phase to participate as part of the design charrette. PathStone was chosen as one of the participating organizations, to look at the design of the recently awarded HUD 202 Housing for the Elderly project in Utuado. The project will consist of 32 independent living accessible units for seniors on a site which is located walking-distance from the town center and a senior center.
The charrette participants included the development teams, architects from the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, financial consultants, and local architects facilitating design discussions for each participating team. During the charrette, the teams were able to find viable solutions to improve the originally proposed scheme.
Some of the goals identified for PathStone’s project from the charrette were: to create a public corner courtyard at the entry; to relocate the parking area to the back of the site with its own separate entry; to provide better pedestrian access to the surrounding services; to include a storm water retention pond to capture water from the site slopes; and to provide landscape areas in the front of the property to serve as gathering spaces for the senior residents.
PathStone will incorporate these ideas explored during the charrette to guarantee that it continues to develop successful affordable housing in Puerto Rico.