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Urban Land Institute Awards MidPen Housing’s Station Center in Union City the 2013 Global Award for Excellence

November 12, 2013 – Station Center, a MidPen Housing affordable community for families in Union City, California has won the prestigious 2013 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence. The ULI selected twelve developments from around the world as winners in the 35th annual competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.

Station Center, which opened in 2012, provides 157 rental apartment homes and multiple amenities for low and very low-income individuals and families. Located next to the Union City BART station, on the former site of a PG&E facility, the mixed-use community includes 8,600 square feet of commercial space, community gardens, a pool and fitness center, a children’s play area and an expansive community center. Station Center incorporates many sustainable features and achieved LEED Platinum Certification by the US Build It Green Building Council.

With nearly 30,000 members worldwide, the mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.

“The 2013 ULI Global Award winners offer twelve remarkable projects that cover a broad geographic range, very diverse project typologies, and several models of development. And yet they all highlight a common thread: a committed contribution to a healthy living environment through responsible real estate development, and a dedication to building enduring communities,” said M. Leanne Lachman, ULI jury chair and president of Lachman and Associates in New York, NY.

“We are extremely proud to have Station Center recognized by ULI as a model for best-practices in land use planning, design, sustainability and smart growth,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “Through a visionary partnership with the city of Union City, we intentionally developed a mixed-use, transit-oriented community affordable to low-income working families that has helped to transform an industrial lot a vibrant city center. It is wonderful that this innovative collaboration and development has been honored.”

Station Center is a cornerstone of Union City’s Station District – a 105 acre, master-planned, walkable neighborhood that includes a variety of housing types for people with diverse income levels; commercial space; a pedestrian plaza and playground; and easy access to BART, buses, and future  passenger rail.  The BART station has been renovated to provide easy pedestrian access to new housing and the installation of photovoltaic panels that provide enough electricity to support the lighting demand of the entire station.  Future plans provide for up to an additional 560 units of market-rate housing.

“Station Center is an integral component of our city’s Station District,” said Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City. “It provides much needed affordable workforce housing in a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community where residents live, work, shop and play. We are thrilled that it has received this honor from the ULI.”

The eleven other 2013 ULI Global Awards for Excellence winners include:

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Developer: 21c Museum Hotels; Designers: Deborah Berke Partners et al) – Renewal of a downtown enclave with an innovative model pivoting on the integration of an art museum, and a hotel.

Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Dresden, Germany – (Developer: ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG; Designers: ECE architects et al) – Large-scale commercial development integrated in the historic city fabric. Global Headquarters, Seattle, Wash., USA (Developer: Vulcan Inc.; Designers: NBBJ, LMN Architects et al) – Multi building office complex project blending seamlessly into an emerging neighborhood.

D-Cube City, Seoul, South Korea (Developer: Daesung Industrial Co., Ltd.; Designers: The Jerde Partnership; Samoo, et al) – Public district that integrates a new model for urban renewal and smart density, as well as mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

HafenCity Hamburg (New Downtown City district), Hamburg, Germany (Developer: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH; Designers: ASTOC, EMBT et al) – Implementation of a master plan that expands the inner city of Hamburg towards the river Elbe by redeveloping the adjacent former port area into a completely new downtown area,.

Hysan Place, Hong Kong, China (Developer: Hysan Development Company Limited; Designers: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, HK Ltd, et al) – Sustainable office space introduced in a shopping district, articulating green spaces and enhanced productivity.

Midtown Detroit, Detroit, Mich., USA (Developer: Midtown Detroit, Inc.) – Innovative approach to the revitalization of an inner city district.

Roosevelt University Student Living, Academic and Recreation Center, Chicago, Ill., USA (Developer: John Buck Company; Development Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle; Designer: VOA Associates Inc.) – Modeling the “vertical campus” in the city with an integration of classrooms, administrative offices, and sustainable student spaces.

Territoria 3000, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Developer: Territoria; Designer: Handel Architects) – Complex land assembly that generates an iconic mixed-use block in the city.

UC Davis West Village, Davis, Calif., USA (Developer: West Village Community Partnership, LLC; Designers: Studio E Architects et al) – Mixed-use neighborhood developed as a zero net energy community.

Via Verde – The Green Way, New York, N.Y., USA (Developers: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies; Designers: Dattner Architects & Grimshaw ) – Model sustainable and affordable housing adding to the revitalization of the neighborhood.

About MidPen Housing
MidPen Housing provides safe, affordable housing of high quality to those in need; establishes stability and opportunity in the lives of residents; and fosters diverse communities that allow people from all ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. Since 1970, MidPen has developed and professionally managed over 7,400 homes for low-income families, seniors and those with special needs. With offices in Foster City and Watsonville, MidPen works in 10 Northern California counties. For more information visit:

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute ( is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.