Construction is well underway for round two of Restoration Gardens.
Building off of the success of the original Restoration Garden Residence, this project is a beacon of hope for young adults in the Baltimore community.
According to Empire Homes, Baltimore City has approximately 5,000 young adults who have aged out of the local foster care program and have yet to find a stable home. As a result, many of these young adults are engaging in practices such as couch surfing, a term which describes an individual being hosted at the homes of friends or strangers for short periods of time. These stays are usually improvised and highly unstable, impeding them from adopting a stable routine.
In response to this problem, the Restoration Garden 2 project seeks to offer a comprehensive housing program for homeless young adults which includes classes to train them to become successful, independent adults. These include topics such as GED prep, resume writing and job placement, balancing checkbooks, housekeeping, among many others. Counseling services are also available on site which will provide residents and visitors with emotional and mental health assistance.
“Meeting residents of Restoration Gardens and learning how transformative their time has been as they transition into young adults has been incredibly meaningful. When the opportunity to work on Restoration Gardens 2 came along we were excited to take the lessons learned by Empire Homes and our office and apply it the new building.”
Brandon Schultz, LEED AP
Principal, Cho Benn Holback, A Quinn Evans Architects
The program specifically targets young adults from the ages of 18-24. They typically reside at the property for 2-3 years, or until they are able to either land a permanent job, enroll in school, or seek larger accommodations. The new apartment building will have 42 efficiency units, each with a kitchen, private bathrooms, and built-in features such as a bed and an eat-in kitchen countertop.
The project is estimated to be completed by March 2018 and is pursuing LEED for Homes Silver certification. Below are some recently taken birdseye view shots of the construction site.