Launched in July 2017, Envision Edgehill Apartments is a planning process focused on revitalizing Edgehill Apartments (formerly Edgehill Homes). While engaging MDHA residents at both Edgehill Apartments and Gernert Studio Apartments, the planning process seeks to incorporate participation and feedback from MDHA leadership, community partners, public and private institutions, philanthropic organizations and local and state offices to create a master plan that reflects the needs of the community.
The master plan developed through this resident-led, community supported process will result in a mixed income, mixed use community, ensuring a strict one for one replacement of the existing 380 public housing units, with adding both new workforce and market-rate rental apartments. In addition, the active planning process will look to evaluate the potential for new green space and desired amenities, as well as utilize a professional market study to determine the potential for commercial and retail services.
Within the planning process, participants are invited to participate in three work groups:
People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development and surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to health, safety, employment, supportive services and education;
Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
Neighborhood: Evaluate neighboring initiatives to ensure access to well-functioning services, high quality education, programs and services, public assets, transportation and recreation.
Salama Urban Ministries, a youth development organization serving the Edgehill community for over 30 years, will be facilitating the resident needs assessment/resident survey. Salama is actively hiring MDHA residents from both Edgehill Apartments and Gernert Studio Apartments to serve as survey proctors to assist in the collection of surveys. Surveying will be done for all MDHA residents at both Edgehill Apartments and Gernert Studio Apartments, providing a venue for all residents to be informed on upcoming events and meetings related to the planning process and to incorporate their thoughts and opinions within the active planning.
Below is a timeline of what to expect in the coming weeks regarding the survey process:
Residents will be able to complete the survey as proctors go door to door, or can choose to complete the survey on their own and submit completed to either Edgehill or Gernert property management offices or directly to Salama Urban Ministries.