“Hilton Heights is a showplace community in a neighborhood that is being turned around by concerned home owners,” said Gary Werner, a vice president of the Franciscus Company, who accepted the award. “This collaboration between the City of Newport News and the Franciscus Company is an example of the type of partnering that will have to occur if we are going to meet the housing needs of the nation’s workforce.”
The development’s Craftsman-style homes feature “rocking chair-deep” front porches and striking color schemes. The homes range from two bedrooms and 1,192 square feet to three bedrooms and 1,665 square feet. Initial consumer response to the neighborhood was lukewarm, but once the first phases of construction were completed and visitors could see a finished streetscape, sales increased sharply.
“These awards were designed to bring recognition to those builders, developers, architects and organizations that are bringing creativity to the effort to meet the demand for workforce housing,’ said Bobby Rayburn, immediate past president of NAHB. “I am excited to see that builders and developers are finding unique and innovative ways to address the inadequate supply of housing that is affordable to working families.”
For more information about workforce housing and these awards, including eligibility requirements, click here; or e-mail Kym Kilbourne, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8447.
Award photo by Oscar Einzig Photographers