A $14.1 million redevelopment of a north side apartment community will preserve 90 affordable housing units

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: The 90-unit Meadow Village apartments, in Milwaukee's central city, will undergo extensive renovations by its new owner.

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The 90-unit Meadow Village apartments, in Milwaukee’s central city, will undergo extensive renovations by its new owner.

A $14.1 million purchase and renovation of an apartment community on Milwaukee’s north side will preserve 90 affordable housing units for people with low incomes.

Renovations are to start this week at Meadow Village, 1470 N. 17th St., and be completed in June, according to St. Paul-based CommonBond Communities Inc.

CommonBond, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, bought Meadow Village in May for $5.6 million, and will spend $8.5 million on improvements, said Alicia Cordes-Mayo, director of strategic and internal communications.


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CommonBond on Tuesday completed its financing for the project, which will include renovations as well as a new community room, playground and management office.

 Meadow Village consists of 16 two-story town home buildings spread across 7.4 acres.

The renovations will

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Built-In Sustainability a Boost for Apartment Developers

Constructing comfortable, quiet, healthy residential apartments with lower operating costs might sound expensive, but there’s growing evidence that it makes good business sense.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is working with major developers to address the Australian economy’s energy and emissions challenges—and in the process is demonstrating the case for increasing sustainability in the property sector.

According to the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia, buildings use more than 50 per cent of Australia’s electricity and produce almost a quarter of all carbon emissions.

The good news is that technology already exists that can dramatically reduce those figures, while simultaneously reducing residential energy costs, creating comfortable homes, and potentially increasing valuations.

Demand for more sustainable living is growing among consumers, with CSIRO research indicating that two thirds of home buyers prefer energy-efficient homes when given a choice.

Meanwhile, University of

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Inside a Melbourne Home That’s a Modern Twist on a Cuckoo Clock

What do you get when you take inspiration from a cuckoo clock, Japanese architecture, and the charming qualities of historic Edwardian-era homes? The latest residential project from the geniuses at Rara Architecture. Nicknamed Cuckoo House after its clocklike form, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Footscray, Australia, a neighborhood right outside of the Melbourne city center, is a prime example of taking a dated home and transforming it into something new and exciting, while still celebrating the fabric of the existing structure.

a close up of a flower garden in front of a building: BEFORE: The original structure had a classic Edwardian cottage with a small layout, including one dark bedroom at the front, a gabled roof, a weatherboard exterior, and a surrounding veranda. In the update, Wesley moved the veranda farther out, managing to bring more natural light into the front bedroom.

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BEFORE: The original structure had a classic Edwardian cottage with a small layout, including one dark bedroom at the front, a gabled roof, a weatherboard exterior, and a surrounding veranda. In the update, Wesley moved the veranda farther out, managing to bring more natural light into the front bedroom.

“Footscray has been slowly undergoing a lot of gentrification over the last two decades,” says architect Wesley

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The 15 best places to buy patio furniture and outdoor furniture online

Create your outdoor oasis with these online retailers. (Photo: Getty Images / KatarzynaBialasiewicz)

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Each summer, people milk every second they can spend outdoors. This year during the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. As many continue spending more time at home than ever before, upgrading your own backyard, deck, or patio with new furniture is a great way to enjoy time outside.

If home stores near you are closed, or if you would rather not go, do not fret. Shopping online for patio furniture is not only fun (imagining a furnished yard with everything you’re scrolling through is thrilling), but it can be easy, too.

When browsing furniture from retailers online, you have to be especially smart about how you shop. Since you can’t physically see and touch pieces, scrolling through reviews

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Mark Duplass Discusses “Bittersweet” Ending To HBO Series & Continuing To Open The Door To Up-And-Coming Filmmakers: Q&A

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Room 104 returns for its fourth and final season on HBO this evening, Friday July 24. The end of the anthology series is “bittersweet” for Mark Duplass, who created the show with his brother Jay.

Joking that HBO must have felt really bad for canceling Togetherness to give them four seasons of the show, Duplass talks about working with up-and-coming filmmakers throughout the four years and how he hopes to use this approach going forward with other projects.

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How Investors Can Embrace the Work From Home (WFH) Trend

We’re all used to the standard rental advertisement language: “Beautiful 3-bedroom apartment in heart of city — A MUST SEE!” But, what if you put something like this instead: “Quiet 1-bedroom apartment with 2 dedicated home offices — WORK FROM HOME!”

New data suggests that the work-from-home trend isn’t going away anytime soon, so investors need to find creative ways to optimize for this monumental lifestyle shift. Here’s an overview of new work-from-home data as well as strategies investors can leverage to improve their marketing and spaces to minimize vacancy and optimize rents.

New work-from-home data

According to a new survey from Gartner (NYSE: IT), 82% of company leaders intend to allow remote working “some of the time” as employees slowly return to offices. What’s even more consequential is that almost half (47%) said that they will allow employees to work remotely full time indefinitely.

According to Elisabeth Joyce, vice

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House Passes USDA Funding Bill, but White House Opposes it

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Perhaps in recognition of the fact that the Senate has not acted on appropriations bills and that final legislation would require Senate-House agreement, the statement did not threaten a veto but concluded, “The administration looks forward to working with Congress to address these concerns as the FY21 appropriations process moves forward.”

The U.S. consulate in Chengdu that the Chinese government said today must close includes a Foreign Agricultural Service post.

China has insisted on the closure of the Chengdu consulate in retaliation for U.S. demands that China close its consulate in Houston.

A spokesperson for FAS

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Stylish accommodation: Manors in Romania for a traditional holiday with a modern twist

Stylish accommodation: Manors in Romania for a traditional holiday with a modern twist

Romania is a country with a rich history, well-known for its beautiful castles, fortresses, and manors that take tourists back in time. And some of these old buildings have passed the test of time and are now welcoming tourists from all over the world, offering unique accommodation and experiences. We’ve listed below a selection of manors to try in Romania if you’re looking for places where you can enjoy a traditional vacation with a modern twist:

Conacul lui Maldar

Conacul lui Maldar is the perfect place to discover the noble charm of the old life in Romania’s Oltenia region. It is one of several fortified mansions built by local noblemen in the village of Maldaresti in Valcea county. These constructions, generically known as cule oltenesti, were built both for shelter and defense against Ottoman invasions.

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Neutral accessories give an avocado-green bathroom an earthy feel.

While a cultural revolution was underway in ’60s society, a color revolution was taking place in America’s bathrooms. Avocado green and other colors were all the rage beginning in the late ’60s and lasting through the late ’70s for bathroom tubs, sinks and toilets. Over the years, avocado bathrooms went out of style, but not all of them went away. If your home has a bathroom with avocado fixtures, you have several options for giving it an update.

Go Retro

If you inherited a bathroom with avocado green fixtures from your home’s previous owners, try taking an if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them approach. Embrace your bathroom’s retro vibe and decorate it 1970s style. Paint the walls pale green and choose mod-print fabrics for the shower curtain and window treatments. You want the end result to look retro and cool, not dated and dingy, so choose accessories that are authentic, but in good condition. Search

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Today’s dose of design inspiration comes from Vero Concept Mimarlık, an architectural firm located in Turkey. Founded in 2009 by architectural partners Emre Öztürk and Gonca Ateş Öztürk, Vero Concept Mimarlık specialises in both architectural structures and interior design. One look at the company’s growing portfolio will confirm its reputation for elegance, as a range of completed projects (in Turkey and abroad) speak of that special first-class touch. What’s the secret to Vero Concept Mimarlık’s success? Some say it’s the company’s division structure (made up of architects, interior designers, as well as graphic designers) ensuring 100% commitment to each and every client’s project. Other say it’s due to the firm’s 300+ successfully completed designs (ranging from residential homes and villas to corporate offices, hospitals, schools and cafés, and many more…) that aid in its experience and status. Let’s get lost in one of Vero Concept Mimarlık’s most visually striking projects:

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