Baldwin’s Run HOPE VI
Westfield Acres Public Housing Project in Camden, New Jersey was a 512-unit, mid-rise government project that opened in 1936. By the 1960s, it was a notorious hotbed of drug dealing, shooting sprees, gang wars, and other illegal activity. By the 1990s, poverty had overtaken the community, and the blight had spread to the neighboring single-family homes. Through a 1998 HOPE VI grant, Thriven Design provided master planning and comprehensive A/E services to the Camden Housing Authority for affordable replacement housing consisting of single-family, twin and triplex homes.
The Baldwin’s Run plan includes 197 housing units featuring private parking, with 119 units developed for home-ownership. Other portions of the site were reserved for non-residential development in order to provide support services for the surrounding neighborhood. Phase One of this four-phase project consists of rental and home-ownership units, while the final three phases consist of home-ownership units.