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Posted on: August 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Village of Hempstead Apartments Receives National Award for Energy Efficiency

Village Lofts

Village Lofts is the First Modular Multifamily Rental Development in Nassau County

Hempstead, N.Y. – Village Lofts, an apartment complex located in the Village of Hempstead, was recently recognized by the Manufactured Housing Institute in the category of Modular Home Design-New Modular Multifamily or Duplex Design (Production). Village Lofts is the first modular multifamily rental development in Nassau County, and the first to receive two National Awards.

Developed by La Cité Development, LLC, a Manhattan developer, Village Lofts received the award for creating an energy efficient modular apartment community. The award is given to developers whose work displays architectural excellence, technical innovation, sustainability and cost effectiveness.

“As the Village of Hempstead progresses with revitalizing the downtown, we are honored to acknowledge the success of those developers in the Village who set a high standard of architectural and technological excellence,” said Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall. “Village Lofts showcases the kind of development possible within the Village, creating the kind of high-quality, affordable housing that is key to our community.”

La Cité announced completion of Village Lofts in December 2013, with the first residents moving into the apartment community in January of 2014. Clayton Building Solutions, a division of Clayton Homes, the building’s modular contractor, collaborated with La Cité to build the 29-unit modular apartment community. The Village Lofts development showcases many energy-efficient aspects intrinsic to modular construction, including the reduction of waste and the conservation of water and energy. Cost savings are then passed on to residents.

“We build with the intention of improving communities. We strive to create housing for all people within all income brackets. Village Lofts is a great example,” said La Cite Development’s President Dan Bythewood, Jr.

Village Lofts comprises one and two bedroom units, and offers residents both market-rate and affordable housing options.

“Modular construction is the current direction of the industry, surpassing expectations on energy efficiency and construction costs,” said Clayton Building Solutions’ Director of Operations Doug Henriquez. “We’ve seen countless examples of positive, long-term effects in communities in which we build. Residents are able to enjoy a higher quality of life at a fraction of the initial and ongoing costs of traditional units.”

Developed specifically with affordability in mind, Village Lofts meets New York State affordable housing requirements, offering 20 percent of the units with rents as low as 50 percent below area median income (AMI). The new units are located on Front Street with easy access to transportation amenities and commercial retail.

“By continuing this kind of construction in the Village, we hope to take advantage of growing university enrollment and graduates entering the job market, as well as provide existing Village residents in the workforce with better access to transportation and a higher quality of life,” said Village of Hempstead Deputy Mayor Luis Figueroa.

For more information about the Village of Hempstead’s Village Lofts project, call the Village of Hempstead at 516-489-3400.

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