2021 Residential Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact

The Tyler

Developer: WinnDevelopment
Location: East Haven, Connecticut

2021 HTC Awards - Residential Major Community Impact - Winner

A former high school building in East Haven, Connecticut, is now The Tyler, a mixed-income community for seniors. It is also one of the first adaptive reuse properties in the nation designed to adhere to the Passive House Institute’s EnerPHit program standards with applicable historic exclusions.

The Tyler, developed by WinnDevelopment, cost $31.7 million. It received $8.9 million in federal and state HTC equity from Bank of America. The 70-apartment property includes a residential lounge, fitness center, community kitchen, entertainment space, craft room, reading nook and an outdoor courtyard. It also includes an on-site management office. Fourteen of the 70 apartments are set aside for formerly homeless individuals/households or those at risk of homelessness.

The development team kept the historic fabric of the original building by retaining millwork, original lockers, display cases with local artifacts and a stately brick façade. The conversion of the existing historic property into housing will avoid 18,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of 1,900 homes’ annual energy use, every year.

“Winn Development leads by example,” said Claudia Robinson of Bank of America, a judge for the awards. “The Tyler reflects the perfect combination of historic conservation, ideal senior housing and sustainable design.”

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