Harbor Square (Alder Place)
Harbor Square is located on the 2300 block of Broadway in East Chicago, Indiana. This $13 million, 28,000 SF development with 28 units combines affordable housing, healthcare facilities, and solar energy.
Harbor Square focuses on health, wellness, and the hope to improve the quality of life for all its residents. UPholdings’ goal is to provide affordable and innovative housing to the community. Additionally, tenants have little to no utility costs due to the solar panels that are built to National Green Standards gold-level certification that will offset energy costs. Harbor Square is partnering with Valparaiso-based HealthLinc, which operates on the ground floors for the federally – qualified health clinic, which is also open to the public. This clinic takes up five 5,000 SF of the building.
This project was inspired by the much-needed response to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)’s Moving Forward 3.0 Initiative. The objective of the initiative was to create affordable and innovative housing in hopes to influence positive community development. Harbor Square is funded in part through a low-income housing tax credit award as well as funds received from IHCDA and project-based subsidy vouchers from East Chicago Housing Authority. Efforts from both the city of East Chicago and Indiana have helped make this project possible.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) served as a subconsultant to Cordogan Clark & Associates for this project. EEA completed work on the developments, demolition, geometry, utility, grading, and paving plan. Stormwater was regulated by the City of East Chicago in accordance with the Lake County, Indiana ordinance. About half of the parking spaces were under the second and third story overhang of the building, so in turn, EEA provided underground detention in large-diameter pipes under the parking lot.