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Affordable housing project to break ground in Sparks Friday



Q&D logoQ&D Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce its client, Northern Nevada Community Housing Resource Board, is hosting a ground-breaking ceremony for their newest project, the Aspen Village Apartments, in Sparks.  The ceremony, to be attended by Reno/Sparks local officials and members of the Washoe County HOME Consortium, is scheduled for Feb. 22. at 1:30 p.m.

It will kick off an eight-month construction schedule for the project, a 43-unit, affordable housing rental development at the corner of Sullivan Lane and Merchant Street to the east of the K-Mart shopping center.

“NNCHRB develops, owns and manages high quality affordable housing coupled with supportive services for those most in need in our community,” says NNCHRB Executive Director Matt Fleming.  “Aspen Village is our latest development.”

Aspen Village Apartments, NNCHRB’s seventh property and fourth ground-up construction project, will be a three-story, 43 unit, elevator-accessible residence with 16 one-bedroom and 27 two-bedroom, accessible/adaptable apartments with balconies as well as community and service space. There are nine special needs units in the project for housing individuals and families affected with a permanent disability. NNCHRB has partnered with a local non-profit (NNHOPES) to provide those clients with day-to-day case management and supportive services.

Aspen Village incorporates renewable energy systems and is designed in an attractive style, including covered walkways, decorative siding and a stucco/brick exterior. Each apartment will be equipped with free broadband internet access. The community building will include a lounge area, library, computer lab, fitness room, on-site laundry facility, and offices for management and supportive service staff.  The property will be security-fenced with landscaped grounds, courtyards, and porches. The property will also have a children’s playground and BBQ area. All of the units will be affordable to residents at or below 40 percent of area median income. Project funding includes HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc., a construction loan from Clearinghouse CDFI and a permanent loan from Idaho-Nevada CDFI. The project will be completed late 2013.

Q&D Construction, Inc. is the CM at Risk on the project and this is its second project with NNCHRB. The project will create an estimated 200 construction jobs here in Northern Nevada.

“We are building on the success and relationship that came out of working with NNCHRB on the Autumn Village project in Reno, a very similar project,” says Q&D’s President – Building, Tim Kretzschmar. “We are honored to be NNCHRB’s builder.”

“Giving back to the community is an important part of our company’s culture and very close to my own heart.” says Q&D Project Manager Travis Coombs.  “It’s exciting to work with a client that has created a formula for great-looking, easily-maintained facilities which are also comfortable homes to serve low-income families in our community.”

The project’s designer is H+K Architects. NNCHRB is assisted by Ann Harrington, a local affordable housing consultant.  The engineering consultants are Hunter Creek Engineering, Tectonics Design Group.  Q&D Construction, Inc. is the CM at Risk providing preconstruction planning, scheduling and estimating in addition to construction general contracting services. Plumbing design and construction is by Savage and Son with MSA Engineering Consultants.  HVAC design and construction is by Mt. Rose Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.  Electrical design and construction is by Truckee Meadows Electric Inc. with Jensen Engineering.


Northern Nevada Community Housing Resource Board is a nonprofit 501c(3), established in 1989. In the beginning NNCHRB provided Fair Housing Training seminars to the Real Estate community. In 1994, in response to a request by the City of Reno, NNCHRB became a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), which allowed it to develop, own, and manage affordable housing units.

NNCHRB also is available as a property management company to any nonprofit company in the Washoe County, Nevada area. Services can be as restricted as file certification for a tax credit property, to a full property management contract that includes maintenance and bookkeeping services. Management is experienced in HOME, AHP and tax credit funded properties.

As a development and property management company, NNCHRB is always interested in the possibility of partnering with others to purchase, renovate, build and manage properties that will increase Washoe County’s affordable housing stock.

About Q&D Construction, Inc.

Q&D Construction has been a Reno/Sparks based business since 1964.  Proud of the company’s heritage and values, its employees promote service, quality and integrity through their relationships with clients, the subcontracting community and the public at large.  Q&D is a diverse builder, offering expertise in commercial, residential, estate-home and general engineering construction.  Learn more at http://www.qdconstruction.com/.


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