Sustainable, transit-served, mixed-use development is coming to downtown Gary, Indiana! Broadway Lofts will be a 3-story, 40,000 sf multi-family building on a corner site at Broadway and The building will house 38 one and two-bedroom units, while the ground floor will feature a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic space for Northwest Indiana Community Action, a project partner focused on poverty alleviation. The site will be a hub for new transportation infrastructure including potential connections to car share, bike share, and bus rapid transit (BRT) networks. A portion of the site has been set aside for a fresh-produce greenhouse. 

The building is being developed by the Miller Valentine Group with financing and technical support from Moving Forward 3.0. This innovative program for selected developers to produce, innovative affordable housing projects that push the envelope on performance and efficiency was started by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) in 2015. This project’s goal is to achieve net-zero energythrough a combination of energy-demand reduction, envelope efficiency, and on-site renewables.  To achieve these goals, Farr Associates led an Integrated Design Workshop with the goal achieving Passive House (PHIUS+) certification. PHIUS strategies focus on super-insulation, high-performance windows, elimination of thermal bridging, air-tight construction, and heat recovery within the mechanical systems.  

By combining affordable housing, transportation opportunities, and energy efficient building design, Broadway Lofts improve the quality of life and decreasing the cost of living for low-to-moderate income individuals and families and serve as a model for affordable housing projects going forward. 

Client: Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)

Location: Gary, IN

Year: 2019

Certification: Passive House+ Goal

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