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Small House Society News 201306

Small House Society – News 201306 | 30 June 2013 | Sunday Dear Friend, This month we’re beginning the migration of the Small House Society website pages over to a dedicated website, SmallHouseSociety.net. Click here to view the newsletter on our new website. Greg Johnson, Small House Society President & Facilitator  

Guidelines for Selecting TIF-Based Funding of Urban Development Projects

Summary. As an advocate for mixed use developments and new urbanism approaches, I’m often asked whether I support TIF-Based funding for high-end private development projects. As with other issues where I’m asked to answer either “Yes” or “No” my answer is “Neither.” To find out why, read the article below on experimental TIF use. Discussion Click here… Continue reading Guidelines for Selecting TIF-Based Funding of Urban Development Projects

Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201305

Gregory Paul Johnson – Personal Update 201305 | 31 May 2013 | Friday Dear Friend, Here’s my personal update for May 2013. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page and send me a friend request. Starbucks Encounter. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Kirk Ferentz while waiting in line at Starbucks.… Continue reading Gregory Johnson – Personal Update 201305

Q Cabins Offers Quality Affordable Sustainable Small House Solutions

Greetings from TheQCabin.com Q Cabins are the new concept in sustainable micro housing. Every material or system choice used to build the Q Cabin Kits is based in a green technology. We use steel stud and EPS foam wall panels, natural fibers, high tech insulation methods, low-E insulated glass, passive and active solar systems, automatic… Continue reading Q Cabins Offers Quality Affordable Sustainable Small House Solutions

Scotland Promotes Community Owned Renewable Energy

Summary. Community Energy Scotland is one of many groups advancing sustainable energy initiatives in Scotland. From their website: We believe that communities can become stronger, more self reliant and resilient by generating their own energy and using it efficiently. We provide education, finance and practical help. We are a voice for communities who want to act now for… Continue reading Scotland Promotes Community Owned Renewable Energy

Small House Society News 201304

Small House Society – News 201304 | 30 April 2013 | Tuesday Dear Friend, I know that time is precious for everyone, so I’ll try to keep this update short. The approximate reading time is about 3 minutes. Video Interview. This past month I was able to interview Cheryl Martin and discuss her presentation on small house living and tiny… Continue reading Small House Society News 201304

The Next Big Thing in Luxury is Small

The latest advertisement from Buick (shown below) proclaims: “The Next Big Thing in Luxury is Small.” The smaller is better message is increasingly finding its way into mainstream culture as a shifting undercurrent to the bigger is better mindset of another era. The description on Buick’s YouTube channel reads: “The age of the over-sized luxury… Continue reading The Next Big Thing in Luxury is Small

Source: “Green Housing Helps Revitalize a Brooklyn Neighborhood,” Bank of America, 15 November 2011]

20130416tu-dumont-green-developmentRising from a 280-acre former landfill and a vacant lot in Spring Creek, Brooklyn, two housing projects are redefining affordable housing and green building. The Dumont Green and Gateway Elton Street developments are answering the need for safe housing, community space, and job creation in a challenging low-income neighborhood.

The Hudson Companies Inc. were far-sighted New York developers who saw the benefit of building economically and environmentally sustainable housing in this East New York neighborhood. Working with community leaders, city officials, the New York City Housing Development Corporation and others, Bank of America provided investments to help the Hudson Companies create the green and affordable housing they envisioned.

Brooklyn’s Spring Creek neighborhood needed an economic boost. The area median income is about half that of families in New York City. To help families bridge the gap, the Dumont Green and Gateway Elton projects will provide 835 affordable rental apartments to low-income and formerly homeless tenants.

But Dumont Green and Gateway Elton Street are going a step further than most affordable housing and setting a new standard for green building practices. Dumont Green, completed in 2011, has the largest residential solar electric system in the state, which helps power common spaces, security systems, laundry facilities, and elevators. Construction on Gateway Elton Street, which will be completed in 2012, will exceed national and state certification standards for green buildings thanks to its well-insulated walls, high-efficiency boilers and appliances, and alternative energy systems.

Bank of America has supported Dumont Green and Gateway Elton from the beginning, investing to make the projects a reality. Bank of America provided $42.5 million in loans and equity investments to help The Hudson Companies build Dumont Green. And for Gateway Elton, Bank of America Merrill Lynch provided a $35 million letter of credit and $26 million in equity. In addition, the New York City Housing Development Corporation provided loan subsidies and financing.

According to Todd Gomez, Community Development Banking executive, “Bank of America has a long history of providing financing to revitalize communities around the country through affordable housing. All of us at the bank understood the challenges of this market but also understood the impact that projects like this could have. We knew they could provide safe affordable housing for residents but also spur additional development in the community. It’s a neighborhood that we felt had long-term potential for revitalization.”

Dumont Green and Gateway Elton are catalysts for creating an economically and environmentally sustainable community in Spring Creek—and also having a broader impact. Beyond creating housing, retail space and community parks and playgrounds, the projects have created 750 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs. Says The Hudson Companies’ Aaron Koffman, “I think these projects are setting a new standard for affordable housing. We wanted to take the old model of using public money and take it to a new model. Once we had the vision, it was a matter of getting everyone coordinated. I didn’t have to convince anyone it was a project worthy of investment.”

Join the conversation: Learn how we’re working to help strengthen communities on the Bank of America Facebook page.

Small House Village Land for Sale – 33 Acres in Tucson Arizona Area – Coyote Mountain Wilderness Retreat

Photo. The photo above shows the view from this Arizona land for sale. Location. The land is 33.35 acres, remote, private, yet only 25 minutes drive to Tucson, AZ. Located SW of Tucson, adjoining Coyote Mtn. Wilderness, just east of Kitt’s Peak. End of the road property with great view of miles, can see anyone… Continue reading Small House Village Land for Sale – 33 Acres in Tucson Arizona Area – Coyote Mountain Wilderness Retreat

Whirlpool Refrigerator PUR Water Filter W10295370 Rated at 6-Months May Require Replacement After 30-Days

Summary In many of their newer refrigerator models (see full list below), Whirlpool is selling a proprietary PUR filter system (filter part number W10295370) that is advertised as providing 6-months of service with a key feature being the removal of chlorine flavor. This claim by Whirlpool is used as a selling point to overstate the “savings” a… Continue reading Whirlpool Refrigerator PUR Water Filter W10295370 Rated at 6-Months May Require Replacement After 30-Days