Generations Summer 2011 Total transformations G ather friends or coworkers to create an amazing space for Aeon residents! Aeon is now inviting volunteer groups to transform spaces at Aeon properties through “When we walked its Amazing Spaces initiative. Amazing Spaces allows volunteer groups to select a project, gather materials, help make design decisions, and coordinate volunteers to out it looked like carry out plans. Projects have included makeovers of community rooms, exterior a totally different landscaping, playground installation, and more. space…” Big results Leaders of past volunteer groups say it’s rewarding to see big results at the end of the day. “So much gets done so quickly by people who are ready to jump in and tackle the project,” says Jerry Murray, a manager at Cummins Power Generation who’s led volunteer groups for annual landscaping projects. “I have a lot of people who look forward to volunteering every year. It’s just been very fun. It’s hard work and it’s fun too,” he says. Murray says the experience also fosters connections at work, as team members stop by his office to talk about their own home landscaping projects. Eager to return Andrew Centanni’s church-based group transformed the community room at Buri Manor, which has provided 38 apartments for people earning low incomes since 1986. “The community room had the feel of a storage space,” Centanni says. “We took out everything. Aeon gave us the liberty to reuse what we wanted to and discard what we didn’t. We brought in a new couch, a new chair, a kids’ chair, a new TV, a table, and more.” Centanni, an architect, teamed with the interior designer in the group to select the colors, furnishings, and fixtures. “We did the whole project in three hours,” he says. “And that included a trip to IKEA and assembling the furniture we bought there. It was a good collaborative effort. When we walked out it looked like a totally different space and hopefully one that the community will really enjoy.” How you can get started To see a list of Aeon projects that need Amazing Spaces transformations, please visit www.aeonmn.org/amazingspaces. If you’d like to participate in Amazing Spaces or have a project idea, Volunteer teams make Aeon properties places people are proud to call home. please call Tashia Weisenberger at 612-341-3148, x224. A Message from the “If I won the lottery, A Message from President/CEO the President/CEO I’d stay right here!” Aeon preserves affordability in When I’m talking with someone about Aeon’s downtown Minneapolis work and I mention that we’re working on a Net Nina Rensberger plans to stay in the home she loves as long as she can. Zero Energy development, they nod and move “They’ll have to wheel me out on a stretcher!” she says with a laugh. Rensberger moved to Minneapolis 17 years ago after her husband on… and then they stop and stare. “You mean died to be closer to her children. it will create as much energy as it uses?!” She got a job at a local grocery “I always worked — store, but then began having Yes. all my life. But all of problems with her back. “I always worked — all my life. But all of a a sudden I couldn’t Aeon recently proved we can meet high sudden I couldn’t stand on my own stand on my own two standards for sustainable building with our LEED Platinum two feet anymore,” she says. Soon, her only income was feet anymore.” -certified addition to Alliance Apartments, which offers formerly Social Security and a small pension homeless persons a quality sober community. We’ve followed that from her husband’s work. “I looked for an apartment but I couldn’t find anything affordable,” she says. “My daughter suggested I look up with a LEED Gold-certified adaptive reuse of an historic shoe into low-income housing and I said, ‘No, I’ve always earned my own factory in St. Paul (The Renaissance Box). Now we’re poised to way, I’m not gonna do it!’” But seeing the charm of the historic Maryland, one of the longest- take another leap forward with the fourth phase of our South standing buildings in the Loring Park Neighborhood, helped change Quarter redevelopment in Minneapolis. This 120-unit mixed- her mind. Rensberger moved in and, as soon as her back was better, started income, mixed-use property will be created using the Living working for the building management, vacuuming floors and helping Building Challenge framework - a holistic, forward-thinking, with other maintenance. “My daughter asked me what I would do if I won the lottery,” Rensberger says. “I said I would stay right here — 2 performance-focused approach to community sustainability. and pay market-rate rent, of course!” Why is this important? Twenty-five years ago our board committed to build affordable homes for people better than had been done before. We later evolved to understand that sustainability — true sustainability — is essential to continuing that commitment. We intend that Aeon’s quality, affordable homes are assets for 100 years and more, which gives us a vital interest in long-term operating costs. Plus, it’s imperative that our residents have living places that are healthy, beautiful, and affordable. We’ve assembled a team of national and international experts to achieve our goals for South Quarter Phase IV. The result will be not only 120 high-quality apartment homes for people, but a model for Aeon’s purchase of the Maryland in downtown Minneapolis will ensure sustainable communities nationwide. that people like Nina Rensberger have affordable homes for years to come. Alan Arthur, President/CEO Beyond Bricks & Mortar — You make it happen! (L to R): David Cuthill, John Davis, Ginger Davis, Kathy Holladay back row: Stuart Ackerberg, Alan Arthur, John Lavander, Nan Owen, Kathleen Fluegel, Joanne Walz front row: David Newman, Paul Cochran, John Duffy, Mark Liska 3 (L to R): Mike Doyle, Jon Engel, Megan McGough, Darby Bitzan, Mike Soukup, Ryan Anderson back row: Alison Halley, Sue Patterson, Dan Smith, Larry Daniely, David Wiese front row: Paige Harris, Lesley Eckstein, Travis O’Hara (L to R): Courtney Poja, Kent Hranicka, Nick Mattson, Brian Woolsey, Sam Ingram Our Vision: Every person has a home and is Support Aeon’s mission interconnected within community Sienna Green Phases I and II, Alliance Addition and Renaissance Box. In other words, Our mission: 301 high-quality, affordable apartment homes, To create and sustain quality affordable including 109 designated for individuals homes that strengthen lives and communities transitioning out of homelessness. Established in 1986, Aeon has built or Without our fundraising dollars, this would not be possible. renovated 1,785 quality affordable homes and serves more than 3,000 people annually. The Alliance Addition, before renovation Without your support, these three properties nonprofit’s inspiration to create community — one in Roseville, one in the Elliot Park assets that last for generations is illustrated neighborhood of Minneapolis and one in the in its name “Aeon,” which means “forever.” Lowertown area of St. Paul — would not be there to provide low-income individuals and families a chance for a brighter future. Learn More: Attend Building Dreams, a one hour Your support allows us to create the homes informational session and tour. that strengthen lives and communities. Register today at: www.aeonmn.org/bd Donate Today! or email email@example.com. Alliance Addition today, after renovation Find us on Facebook 4 Development Updates South Quarter, Phase IV The Landing The fourth and final phase of the The Landing in Chaska will create 47 one- transformation of Franklin and Portland bedroom apartment homes for seniors, offering avenues in Minneapolis will create 120 Chaska residents the opportunity to age within apartments and retail space. Aeon is using the the community. Abundant shared spaces Renaissance Box and pedestrian-friendly surroundings will Living Building Challenge approach to achieve the highest standards of livability, health, A historic shoe factory in downtown St. Paul foster vital social connections for residents. sustainability, and affordability. has become loft style apartments for people Construction will begin in 2012. earning low to moderate incomes. Renaissance Box now provides 70 high-quality apartment homes. Elements such as exposed brickwork and concrete floors add character and reflect the site’s unique history.
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