Garfield Commons

  • Project:

  • Mixed Income Multifamily Housing
  • Location:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Project Data:

  • $100 Million
  • Project Contact:

  • Tisha Germany
  • (412) 363-4401

Overview

KBK Enterprises was awarded as the developer to rebuild the Garfield Heights public housing community where over 325 units existed.  We have worked to complete this affordable housing project in four phases. While each phase has been relatively small KBK was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits for all four phases consecutively and has been successful in completing each phase within a year.  We were able to develop this multi-phased project now renamed Garfield Commons, while maintaining a strong connection to the community and it’s overall architectural and market relevance. This project achieved high “green” standards established by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, employed a record number of Section 3 employees, hired a record number of MBE/WBE contractors and provided a training site for the local YouthBuild program. We engaged the community by working with the resident council, Garfield Jubilee, Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, the local/National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania along with other community organizations. The total project cost for this development (demolition, site, infrastructure and residential construction) was over $100,000,000. This project was completed April 2013. For leasing opportunities, please contact our Pittsburgh property management office at (412) 661-0416.

Milestones

  • Hired the largest participating number of MWBE contractors in the City’ history at 49% representing over $27 million in contract awards.
  • Hired the largest number of Section 3 employees in the City’s history. A total of 54 employees were hired.
  • Provided academic scholarships to residents.
  • The KBK Foundation contributed $50k towards the purchase of washers and dryers for our residents so that everyone would have one in their unit.
  • The KBK Foundation through our technology initiative, Project Uplift, contributed $250k to purchase computers for each household along with training classes.
  • The KBK Foundation contributed another $250k to make Garfield Commons a wireless housing community.
  • Completion of over $100 million in development of all four phases with no change orders.
  • Received the largest award to a minority business in the City’s history.