NEW YORK CITY-Honoring excellence in construction, design anddevelopment, the Urban Land Institute’s TerwilligerCenter for Workforce Housing has recognized twomultifamily buildings in Harlem and Brooklyn at an awards gala inWashington, DC on Wednesday evening. Columbia HicksLLC’s and L+M Development Partners’six-story Columbia Hicks complex in Cobble Hill andJonathan Rose Cos. and LettireConstruction’s mixed-income Tapestry project in EastHarlem were among the winners of the 2011 Jack Kemp Models ofExcellence Awards.

The event, held in memory of Jack Kemp, the late HUD secretaryand member of US Congress, honors workforce housing developmentsthat involve innovate financing, strong public/privatepartnerships, unique construction and affordability. Four sites outof 27 submissions were chosen on a nationwide-basis.

“The one thing that distinguishes them a little bit more fromyears before is more emphasis on design,” says Richard M.Rosan, president of the ULI Foundation, who toured eachsite and interviewed all stakeholders involved. “They are fantasticbecause they have been able to use various ways of making theprojects work financially so they can create new workforcehousing,” he tells “And they are complicated deals,each one of them.”

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