What a Peach Pulte's Del Webb is bringing its well-known Sun City active adult communities to the Atlanta area. Located just south of Atlanta, Sun City Peachtree will be one of the largest master planned communities in Atlanta, with nearly 3,400 homes planned on 1,726 acres. The project, which will build out over 10 years, will have an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis complex, and a 35,000-square-foot amenity center.—S. Zurier
IAQ Ratings The EPA is conducting a pilot project in the Denver area to expand its Energy Star program to include indoor air quality (IAQ) ratings for home builders. To receive the Energy Star seal of approval, new homes must be inspected and certified by independent third parties. An EPA official says that although the original list third parties use to determine certification contains 70 specifications, the Denver pilot could help the agency shorten the list. A second pilot program may be launched in California later this year.—S.Z.
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New Life A disabled widow formerly living in dilapidated conditions in North Fort Myers, Fla., has a beautiful home to enjoy courtesy of Builders Care, a new charitable arm of the Lee (County) Building Industry Association. Over five days, builders and trade contractors, led by MW Johnson Construction, renovated the home of Anna McKinney, who is hearing-impaired and uses a walker. Volunteers widened doorways; built a ramp; screened the front porch; converted a tub to a shower; installed new flooring, appliances, and light fixtures; and even stocked the pantry and the refrigerator.—P. Curry
Base Line Miami-based Lennar, which has carved out a growing niche for itself in military-base redevelopment, is the recipient of the 2006 Private Sector Partnership Award from the Association of Defense Communities, a 1,200-member organization that supports communities with active, closed, or closing military installations. Lennar received the award with its development partner, LNR Corp. Since 1997, Lennar and LNR have entered into seven base-redevelopment projects—including Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco, the 4,700-acre El Toro marine base in Southern California, and Weymouth Airbase in Massachusetts—that aggregately are projected to produce more than 10,000 homes and 50 million square feet of commercial space.—J. Caulfield
Recruit Calling Faced with a shortage of workers, British Columbia's construction associations have launched a Web site aimed at recruiting workers from other parts of Canada and beyond. Three trade groups spent $50,000 to have the site developed. The groups represent the majority of the province's construction industry, which employs 120,000 people. Canada's Construction Sector Council found that the construction industry in British Columbia needs to recruit an additional 15,000 workers by 2009. Visit www.bcconstructionjobstores.com for more information.—S.Z.
Rail Rage? According to a recent study by researchers at Cornell University and Polytechnic University, rail passengers enduring long daily commutes may not be any better off, mentally, than their counterparts who choose to drive to work. The study, which measured the saliva of 208 train riders from New Jersey to Manhattan for the stress hormone cortisol, found that the longer the trip, the greater the physiological and psychological stress on the passengers. Longer train rides also correlated to a diminished ability to complete simple tasks, such as proofreading, at the end of the commute.—J. Sullivan
Seal of Approval Hovnanian Enterprises is now building homes under the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the first of which is a model home in Grand Prairie, Texas. The model home features a wine room, a mudroom, a home theater with leather chairs, and a game room with four flat-panel televisions. Homes with the seal start at $389,000 and go up to $550,000 for the 5,209-square-foot model. Hovnanian is building Good Housekeeping homes in seven other states.—S.Z.
Rockin' Condo Once the sanctum of recording sessions for John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and others, New York's fabled Hit Factory is being converted into a six-story condo residence. Set to open in early 2007, the 100,000-square-foot building will house 27 units. As a nod to nostalgia, the lobby will keep its original signage, along with a display of gold and platinum records. The vibe and history of the place will no doubt bump up the asking price: Units are expected to command $1.1 million to $4 million.—J.S.
Clearer Path In a 3–1 vote on Aug. 4, California's Senate Judiciary Committee passed AJR 51, a joint resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to work toward providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The resolution also calls on federal lawmakers to reject a U.S. House of Representatives bill that focuses solely on border security and would criminalize anyone entering or living in the country illegally. There are an estimated 2.4 million undocumented immigrants living in California (out of an estimated 12 million nationwide).—J.C.
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