Over the past 60 years, the Jubilee Park neighborhood has experienced a shrinking population, a lack of affordable rental housing, and a deteriorating housing stock. Affordable senior housing options alleviate these trends by encouraging older, long-term residents to continue building relationships and investment in the community. Gurley Place is a 24-unit housing project for tenants over 55 that consists of 12 two-story buildings on a 0.9 acre site adjacent to the Jubilee Park and Community Center.
The design was developed through six public meetings with local residents and community stakeholders. The community set design parameters for the project and voiced concerns and local issues through activities such as design charrettes and in-depth discussions. These meetings ensured community goals were incorporated in the final design.
The project creates affordable housing opportunities by requiring that renters’ income does not exceed 80% of the median income of the neighborhood. The units’ design will decrease the residents’ utility bills by increasing the efficiency of water and energy systems. The project utilizes LEED Gold standards as a baseline and emphasizes low water use, highly durable materials, and superior indoor air quality to ensure the longevity of the building stock.
Gurley Place was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2012 SEED Awards and is featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Texas Architect magazine.