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November 19, 2013 > Union City Station Center receives award

Union City Station Center receives award

Submitted By Beth Fraker

Station Center, a MidPen Housing affordable community for families in Union City, California has won the prestigious 2013 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence. The ULI selected twelve developments from around the world as winners in the 35th annual competition, widely recognized as the land use industryÕs most prestigious recognition program.

Station Center, which opened in 2012, provides 157 rental apartment homes and multiple amenities for low and very low-income individuals and families. Located next to the Union City BART station, on the former site of a PG&E facility, the mixed-use community includes 8,600 square feet of commercial space, community gardens, a pool and fitness center, a childrenÕs play area and an expansive community center. Station Center incorporates many sustainable features and achieved LEED Platinum Certification by the US Build It Green Building Council.

With nearly 30,000 members worldwide, the mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

ÒWe are extremely proud to have Station Center recognized by ULI as a model for best-practices in land use planning, design, sustainability and smart growth,Ó said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. ÒThrough a visionary partnership with the city of Union City, we intentionally developed a mixed-use, transit-oriented community affordable to low-income working families that has helped to transform an industrial lot a vibrant city center. It is wonderful that this innovative collaboration and development has been honored.Ó

Station Center is a cornerstone of Union CityÕs Station District Ð a 105 acre, master-planned, walkable neighborhood that includes a variety of housing types for people with diverse income levels; commercial space; a pedestrian plaza and playground; and easy access to BART, buses, and future passenger rail. The BART station has been renovated to provide easy pedestrian access to new housing and the installation of photovoltaic panels that provide enough electricity to support the lighting demand of the entire station. Future plans provide for up to an additional 560 units of market-rate housing.

ÒStation Center is an integral component of our cityÕs Station District,Ó said Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City. ÒIt provides much needed affordable workforce housing in a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community where residents live, work, shop and play. We are thrilled that it has received this honor from the ULI.Ó

The eleven other 2013 ULI Global Awards for Excellence winners include:
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Amazon.com Global Headquarters, Seattle, Wash.
?D-Cube City, Seoul, South Korea
?HafenCity Hamburg (New Downtown City district), Hamburg, Germany
?Hysan Place, Hong Kong, China
?Midtown Detroit, Detroit, Mich.
?Roosevelt University Student Living, Academic and Recreation Center, Chicago, Ill.
Territoria 3000, Santiago de Chile, Chile
?UC Davis West Village, Davis, Calif.
Via Verde - The Green Way, New York, N.Y.

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