Orinoka Civic House

AIA Philadelphia


Thursday, November 10, 2016
3:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. EST

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Explore the role of innovative design in housing and community development in a case study on Orinoka Civic House, a mixed use development that will bring 51 units of affordable rental housing, neighborhood retail, and the new HQ of New Kensington Community Development Corporation to an underserved neighborhood in North Kensington. In October 2015, New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) celebrated the groundbreaking of Orinoka Civic House. The five-story former carpet mill was a neighborhood landmark, but it was also a neighborhood danger, “a hiding place and shooting gallery.” Sandy Salzman, executive director of NKCDC says, “We knew nothing would happen in this neighborhood if something didn’t happen with this building.”NKCDC is refashioning the heavy timber and concrete bones of Orinoka Mills into 51 units of affordable rental housing and first floor retail. The $17.8 million project marks a turning point for NKCDC too. Its entire staff will move into Orinoka Civic House once the project is completed.The path to Orinoka Civic House was anything but easy. Two community development professionals, an architect, and a policy expert in equitable development will reveal the complex steps and considerations on the way to realizing the project.


Shanta Shachter

Invited Speaker

Shanta Schachter has been an advocate for greening, smart growth, and sustainability practices for more than 15 years including work in light rail advocacy, green neighborhood planning and renewable energy. She holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geography, Urban Planning and Community Development. She is currently the ... Read More