Southern Homes and Gardens Cooperative

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The Southern Homes and Gardens Cooperative, a two-story, 83-unit apartment complex, stands near the east corner of the District, established in 1970. Seeking to address environmental concerns, the owners embarked on a transformative project
to convert an abandoned play area’s concrete boundary into a sustainable stormwater practice. The primary goal was the installation of a bioretention facility, not only to improve the local watershed but also to contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the property. The project overcame challenges such as protecting two special trees situated nearby while designing an overflow gravel strip for optimal functionality. Key components included the installation of a bioretention system, the creation of a gravel swale, and the reconstruction of areas featuring concrete retaining walls.

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Washington, DC

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