The Fergus Street Homeownership Project is an effort by local non profit CNCURC to increase homeownership opportunities in a targeted area of the Northside neighborhood. The group is working to build new homes and renovate existing structures using sustainable materials and practices. The first phase of this project consists of two identical houses built side by side at the corner of Chase Avenue and Fergus Street, a former site of drug activity.
The houses were designed by Flavio Espinoza, based on his entry in the HOME House exhibit shown at the Contemporary Art Center in 2005. Mr. Espinoza worked with local architect Alice Emmons to customize the houses to local conditions and the USGBC’s LEED for Homes pilot study program. The houses were the first Cincinnati projects to be included in the pilot study, and continue to be among a small number of LEED for Homes projects in Cincinnati. The houses include features like optimal value engineered (OVE) framing, cementitious siding, metal roofing, water efficient plumbing fixtures, a high performance HVAC system, Energy Star rated windows and doors, foam insulation, and design to encourage natural lighting and ventilation.
Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Plans are published in the Building Cincinnati site http://www.building-cincinnati.com/2007/10/northside-home-elevations-and-floor.html
Stefanie Sunderland, President
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