The Foundation began the project with the
help of the Parkdale-Liberty Economic Development Corporation [PLEDC],
a community development organization interested in the development of
green affordable housing in Parkdale. Both the Foundation and PLEDC
contributed pre-development funds and resources for the project.
It is worth noting that much of the success
of the project in accessing funding has hinged on the Green Phoenix
orgnanization's strong community ties.
Through the Integrated Design process and
through a Community Consultation Committee, community input continues
to shape the Green Phoenix project.
The new development will change many things
about Phoenix Place, and provide new resources and opportunities for
both residents and for the community at large. Some of these are:
- Added amenity space for Phoenix Place
residents, including a new laundry facility, and improved access to
- Added amenity space for community uses
such as a community kitchen, food bank, and other program space. The
best uses of these new spaces will continue to be discussed at the
Community Consultation Committee and in the Integrated Design process.
- Improved outdoor spaces, with plans for
community gardens and outdoor gathering and relaxation aras.
- An environmental showcase that will
increase understanding of sustainable building practices, and further
the case for more green affordable housing.