Kansas City Affordable Housing Project Wins Timmy Award

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorKansas City, Mo.–The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association recently named Georgian Court Apartments the winner of the 2008 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation at its 2008 Fall Forum Awards Ceremony in Boston. Georgian Court Apartments is located in Kansas City, Mo. The Timmy Awards were established in 2005 to recognize outstanding real estate projects throughout the country that use federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Rosemann & Associates P.C. was architect and interior designer on the project while Eagle Point Co. was the developer. “It’s a great honor to receive an annual award that recognized what we have been doing for the last 20 years,” Mike McCall, AIA, project architect at Rosemann & Associates, tells MHN. “We did complete rehabilitation of the project by gutting the interiors and installing new products such as windows.”The Georgian Court Apartments is part of a three building renovation on East Armour Boulevard. The other two buildings include the recently completed Bainbridge Apartments and the Linda Vista Apartments for a total of over 300 units among the three facilities. The building was in a bad shape for nearly five to 10 years. “There were people still living in it but all the mechanical functions were in a disarray and the appearance was in shambles,” says McCall. One of the biggest challenges was, says McCall, “for us, the time frame that the project needed to be designed in, and for the developer it was the acquiring financing.” The project team also included Straub Construction and E.M. Harris Construction. Stewart says the team worked hand in hand to address these discoveries, integrate them into the project, and stay within budget. “Once the project was complete, one of the women living in this project said to me that she felt she was now living in a palace,” says McCall, describing the satisfaction of working on a project like this.