ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 60-unit apartment project near downtown Clovis was awarded first place in the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s annual design competition for an affordable housing project receiving low-income housing tax credits this year.
An urban infill project, the Andalucia project is a mix of 25 units in four existing buildings that will be renovated and 35 units in five new buildings on a 2.4-acre site. The project will be green certified through the Build Green New Mexico program.
Andalucia is a joint venture of Tierra Realty Trust of Santa Fe and Golden Spread Rural Frontier Coalition of Clayton. The architect is WAMO Studios of Santa Fe.
“The plans are intelligent, responsive to site, and quite functional,” the MFA’s design competition jury said in its comments. “The variety of building elevations and selection of materials are architecturally interesting while the integration of new with existing buildings reflects sensitivity to the urban nature of the site.”
Eighteen projects applied this year for the housing tax credits, which are a federal incentive for affordable housing administered in New Mexico by the MFA. Developers use the credits to finance their projects. In any given year, five or six projects take a share of the state’s $45 million allocation of credits.
Tax credits were the impetus behind the majority of apartment construction in the state during the 2000s. Use of the credits requires most if not all of the housing units in the project are set aside for individuals and families making substantially less than the local median income. In effect, the units are rent-controlled.
This year’s second-place design award went another urban infill project on a former agribusiness site near downtown Las Cruces, the 72-unit Cross/Town station
A joint venture of Thomas Development Group of Albuquerque and Tierra del Sol Housing Corp. of Las Cruces, the project will consist of four three-story building built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards on 3.5 acres. The architect is Workshop8 of Boulder, Colo.
“The perimeter block strategy is a sound model for creating semi-private spaces within a higher density development,” the design competition jury noted in their comments.
Third-place went to the 98-unit Village in the Bosque, which is the redevelopment of an affordable housing project built more than 40 years ago in the Town of Bernalillo. The developer is the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority and the architect is Autotroph of Santa Fe.
“The design team for Village in the Bosque made the most of the existing site with their proposed enhancements both in terms of landscaping, outdoor amenities, connectivity to the surrounding areas and thoughtful addition of new buildings,” the design judges wrote. “The project has the potential to evolve into a delightful environment.”