Habitat for Humanity Green Infrastructure Statewide Demonstraton
|Author: Nancy Givens|
Date: Friday, August 19th, 2011
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The WKU-Habitat for Humanity project at Durbin Estate has been recommended for PUD approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. It can now move into the next phase of implementation. Arnold Consulting and Engineering Services (ACES) will now develop detailed construction plans for the road and utility layouts and green infrastructure features, with implementation planned to begin in early spring, 2012. This is a partnership project between WKU, Habitat for Humanity and many other regional partners. Initial funding for the integrated green infrastructure was awarded under an EPA 319(h) grant for nonpoint source pollution prevention, through the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW). The project is a statewide demonstration for developing a mixed income, mixed use green affordable housing neighborhood. Important goals of the project included education, professional training, community outreach, and potentially impacting policy revisions. Durbin Estate will eventually comprise up to 49 housing units, a community center, outdoor amphitheater, walking trails, community gardens, rain gardens, edible landscaping, native species plantings, and increased tree cover.
An award of $4000 from the General Motors Foundation in the summer of 2013 will support the Center to work with the local schools in facilitating water quality testing at Trammel Creek.
On June 20, 2013, Roundstone Native Seed, LLC from Upton, KY, sent two employees to Durbin Estate to spread mixtures of grass seed around the upland waterway and the bottomland. Click title for more information.
On June 20, 2013, GWC Enterprise starts installing the underground utilities at the Durbin Estate Project for the water, sewer and electric lines. For more information, click the title.
The Center's Office Associate, Trish Sowell worked with CCC teacher, Christy Rogers and her students, through hands-on engagement developing a garden. Click the title for more information and access to a presentation.
On Monday, June 3 the Durbin site team was finally able to hold Plugs Planting Day. Plugs are small settings of sedges and rushes that were planted along the major Durbin site drainage channel to stabilize the banks and slow flow in rain events.
The CEES has been awarded a 3-year $655,000 grant 319(h) nonpoint source (NPS) pollution grant from the Kentucky Division of Water. This is a partnership project between WKU, Habitat for Humanity and other regional partners.