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Architectural images of Columbia Maryland apartment community and senior living center at Monarch Mills

Monarch Mills, An Intergenerational Community

Columbia, Maryland

client

Shelter Group

size

257,100 sf

certification

Green Communities, LEED Gold

type

New Construction

stats

279 Units

Formerly Guilford Gardens, this development was previously home to a typical 1970s-era, automobile-oriented apartment complex. Creating a new vision for this mixed-income, inter-generational community, Monarch Mills replaced the outdated development with a vibrant 21st Century neighborhood that incorporated sustainable design features to improve the quality of life of residents.

Vision For The Community

The owner’s vision for this project was a cohesive, village-like neighborhod that could serve the needs of all family types and generation levels. Each building was to be designed as a unique craftsman style structure with its own identity. The design arranges the buildings to define a large "Village Green" and smaller spaces for gathering and outdoor activity that help to provide a "sense of place." 

The careful design and planning of this new development made it a priority to keep existing residents of Guilford Gardens comfortable, and to minimize displacement required for development. Monarch Mills was phased to required existing residents to only move once during the construction process.

Family-Oriented Amenities

This community offers many different amenities to provide residents with a place to gather, interact, and entertain with family and friends.  A LEED Gold Clubhouse sits at the center of this neighborhood, making communal space easily walkable.

Architectural images of Columbia Maryland apartment community and senior living center at Monarch Mills
Architectural images of Columbia Maryland apartment community and senior living center at Monarch Mills

Closing Thoughts

The LEED Gold clubhouse at the heart of the complex provides residents with a common "living room" to promote community.

Architectural images of Columbia Maryland apartment community and senior living center at Monarch Mills

Awards

Housing Achievement Award

Housing Association of Non-proft Developers (HAND)

Rental Housing Excellence Award

Governor's Housing Conference

Pioneer in Housing Award

Nan McKay and Associates