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Restore The Shore

Tue, 2014-07-22 07:22

This past weekend, the community of Seaside Heights was host to the first launch of the new REDC (Resilience Through Education and Design Center) program created by Architecture for Humanity. The center took place Friday July 18th, Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm each day and was located at the Seaside Heights Community Center. The center served as initial design consultations for the many residents and property owners who are still in need of assistance for rehabilitating or rebuilding their properties after Hurricane Sandy. Staffing the center were over 20 architects who have dedicated their time and professional services to provide pro-bono design guidance for anyone who decided to attend.

Over the three day weekend, the center saw over a dozen properties who's owners all walked away with a thorough understanding of the options available to them. Many indicated desires to elevate their homes and the architects sketched out plans and elevations of what those homes would look like if the owners proceeded forward. Many of the clients were extremely grateful to have the architects hear their stories and help create a vision for reconstruction. One client even returned to the center the following day and brought enough lunch for all of the volunteers and staff!

The REDC was a success in Seaside Heights and now we are coordinating with the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group to analyze all of the properties that were discussed. Once mapped and vetted, the clients and architects in attendance will be contacted to continue forward with the design process and, once finalized, to also receive aid in constructing their new homes.

The REDC program is aiming to be established within other counties of coastal New Jersey, the five Boroughs of New York City and on Long Island. Stay tuned to see more about the homes in Seaside Heights and to learn about the local architects who are helping to make reconstruction a possibility.