Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Governor Ritter to Help Commemorate the Start of Historic Habitat for Humanity Project on January 27th

Governor Ritter to Help Commemorate the Start of Historic Habitat for Humanity Project on January 27th
Governor Ritter will join city officials in a kickoff ceremony to mark the start of Habitat for Humanity’s largest “green community” and its first transit-oriented development in Denver

(Denver, CO – January 20, 2010)
***Media are invited to attend and interviews will be available***

Who: Governor Bill Ritter
Heather Lafferty, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
(tentative) Councilman Charlie Brown, City Council District 6
Habitat for Humanity partner families

When: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:45pm
Construction B-roll footage: 2:00 – 2:15pm
Governor Ritter site tour and photo opp: 2:45
Remarks: 3:00 – 3:30
Hard Hat Toss (weather permitting): 3:30

Where: 4350 E. Bails Place, Denver, CO 80222 (Near I-25 & Colorado Blvd)

Governor Ritter will take the stage among local city and governmental officials, Habitat homeowners and community partners to help commemorate the start of Habitat’s Bails Townhome Community. The Bails Townhome Community (BTC) is Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s largest green building venture to-date, and is Habitat’s first transit-oriented development project in Denver.

HFHMD has been building green for over a decade, and incorporates technologies such as tankless water heaters, programmable thermostats and energy-efficient appliances into homes so that families can see less of their disposable income go to utility bills while simultaneously using less energy.

As a transit-oriented development which is within ½ mile of existing light rail and bus lines, families will have the opportunity to reduce vehicle emissions and keep transportation costs low. Current estimates show demand for housing near alternative transportation systems to increase 300% by 2030. This makes the Bails Townhome Community a sustainable development well into the future.

The Bails Townhome Community is a 24-townhome project that will take approximately 9 months to complete. The townhomes will be built with volunteer labor, under the supervision of Habitat construction supervisors. This large-scale project requires between 75-100 volunteers each day throughout the 9-month build.