Sunrise Park garners prestigious local award
At a February 12th ceremony in City Hall, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville was awarded the prestigious City Planning Award for Outstanding Plan of Development for its sustainable, mixed-income Sunrise Park Neighborhood.
When presenting the award, Planning Commission Chair Gennie Keller read the following statement:
This transformative infill development project provides lasting social and aesthetic benefits to its own community, the adjacent neighborhood, and, indeed, our entire city. Sunrise by Habitat serves as a model for future projects within our City and throughout our Commonwealth and even our nation. This project sets a high standard for both nonprofit and for-profit development and exhibits bold but clear thinking and creative solutions. This project “works” because it is the product of a principled vision combined with the tremendous hard work of Habitat’s teams of volunteers.
The award was accepted by Dan Rosensweig, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, and Don Franco, Manager of Community Results, LLC and the primary site designer.
“I’m so proud and grateful to work for a board that had the courage and wisdom to take on a project like Sunrise,” Rosensweig said. “I feel so blessed to be able to work side by side with such a great staff and community of volunteers and supporters.”
In addition to being the first trailer park redevelopment in the nation without resident displacement, Sunrise also brought on-line the first pervious public roads in Charlottesville history and features a one-of-a-kind community center bringing diverse residents together for formal and informal daily interaction and fellowship.