Can Affordable Housing Also Be Green?

  • Ron Quinn, executive director of the State College Community Land Trust, and Green Build committee chair, Peg Hambrick, survey the future site of a green duplex to be built in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo: Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

October 23, 2015
by Erin Cassidy Hendrick | WPSU

On a green patch of land on University Drive, there are several stakes and flags marking the ground. The executive director of the State College Community Land Trust, Ron Quinn, along with Green Build committee chair, Peg Hambrick, are surveying the empty lot owned by their organization.

The Green Build project is uncharted territory for the Land Trust. Usually, it purchases houses and sells them at a lower cost to buyers who would otherwise be priced out of the State College borough.

This will be the first new residence they've ever built. But the Land Trust received an offer it couldn’t refuse. Lassie McDonald, a realtor who owned this property next to her house, reached out to the Land Trust directly.

“She was looking at selling the property and wanted to ensure to the best ability possible that it became an owner-occupied house,” Quinn says.

The Land Trust bought the lot to build the duplex. They don’t have a price tag yet, but the plan is to make them affordable for median-income buyers.

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