Synterra, Ltd., was responsible for grading and site improvements for
the outdoor living spaces at this 198 townhouse community spanning three
As the first turnkey development for the Philadelphia Housing Authority,
Synterra, Ltd. worked closely with the construction team (developer, general
contractor, design team and client).
As is Synterra's customary approach to residential projects, public meetings
were conducted to solicit input from the residents. Guided by responses
from these meetings with PHA and the Resident Council, Synterra identified
the following items as key features for the site's outdoor spaces: attractive/functional
open spaces, security, durable/low-maintenance materials and a system
to allow each resident to customize their personal property while preserving
the consistency of the primary environment.
Each home includes a small front area for plantings and a fenced rear
yard with patio and additional area for plantings. Common areas, including
tot lots were designed to encourage recreational activity and the gathering
of neighbors in a safe, controlled environment.
Special attention was paid to maintenance, security and design features
to discourage undesired uses.