The N.C. Coastal Federation held its 30th Anniversary Celebration on August 4, presenting the 2012 Pelican Awards to people, businesses, nonprofit groups, local and state governments and educators that have done exceptional work to improve environmental quality on the NC coast. East Carolina Community Development Inc. (ECCDI) received one of the evening’s awards for turning “a “green” vision into a “green” reality with the development of Glenstal Apartments in Jacksonville, NC.”
The 56-unit, affordable apartment complex that was built for residents 55 and older, promotes energy efficiency and incorporates enhanced stormwater management making it the first affordable housing development of its kind in eastern North Carolina.
The complex includes a hybrid stormwater management system that features both conventional and low-impact design (LID) stormwater practices. The LID practices include beautifully landscaped bio retention areas, swales and constructed wetlands. Cisterns collect rainwater from the community building roof that is later used by residents to irrigate their thriving community gardens. All the buildings are certified Energy Star construction.
ECCDI’s Vice President for Planning and Development, Mark McCloskey, was introduced to LID in 2006 at a workshop organized by the Federation. He met landscape architect Heather Burkert at one of the workshops and ECCDI later hired her to design Glenstal. Calling it “aesthetics with a purpose,” ECCDI has expressed interest in continuing to implement similar environmentally friendly features at future developments.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the N.C. Coastal Federation,” said Keith Walker, CEO and president of ECCDI. “ECCDI’s close relationship with the Federation over the past seven years has been encouragement to incorporate their best practices in all our housing communities. We look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration.”
East Carolina Community Development Inc. is a private nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to meeting the needs for quality affordable housing in the region.