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Original 1962 Irving Multifamily Housing Community Undergoes Major Structural And Aesthetic Makeover

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The multi-million dollar Britain Way renovation project, overseen by a team of multifamily housing experts including Owner/Developer Deepak Sulakhe, President/CEO of OM Housing, BGO Architects, Fore Property Company Management and CANV Construction, has changed the face of this Irving neighborhood by creating a safer, healthier and a more vibrant community. 


Currently, the only affordable LEED Gold-Certified multifamily community in Irving, Britain Way has been transformed from its previous appearance to a new, fresh look. Built in 1962, the original development had been noticeably deteriorating in recent years. It had no community center, clubhouse, swimming pool or resident lifestyle services. There were 17 monotonous buildings with dull colors and old mansard roofs in poor condition. There was poor on-site drainage and lighting, no perimeter fencing and only one bathroom in each two- and three-bedroom apartment. Several city code violations were recorded in recent years as well. The project team's mission was to convert this old community into a high quality, eco-friendly, modern and affordable housing community for the citizens of Irving.

"Prior to the design stage, we had numerous discussions with all the Project Consultants to identify the respective problem areas of this project.  Once these problems areas were identified, design priorities were established based on need and the rehab dollars were allocated accordingly," said Owner/Developer Deepak Sulakhe of OM Housing. 

Of top focus on design, was the clean-up of existing environmental conditions, providing healthier living standards and increasing the quality of living at reduced costs to the residents.  Due to the age of the facility, Asbestos and lead-based paint were present in the original 168 units before the remodeling began in January 2012.  In addition to the abatement of the harmful substances, the project team designed the facility to meet LEED Gold Certification standards and added a number of notable features to enhance the sense of community and overall quality of life for Britain Way residents. 

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