Saint Martha Plaza
Catholic Charities Housing Services of Yakima
Address: 125 E Deacon Ave, George, WA
Completion Date: 2010
Program: 51 apartments
Funding Sources: WA State HTF, WSHFC ARRA 1602 Exchange, WA State CDBG
Population Served: Low-income up to 30% and 50% AMI
Total Budget: $10,300,000
Green Certification: Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard
Contractor: M.C. Lundgren Construction, Inc.
Architect: ZBA Architecture
Saint Martha Plaza predominantly serves agricultural worker families. Built under the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, this project embraces sustainability through Energy Star appliances and low-flow fixtures, low VOC paints and adhesives, and energy efficient lighting and hot water heaters. Photovoltaic panels provide electricity to the community building where hot water is also generated by solar in the common area laundry room. The community building also includes a computer lab, office area, kitchen, and a community gathering room for residents. Residential buildings are arranged around a central open area and playground, which many apartment kitchen windows overlook so adults inside can watch over children playing outside.