2007 MFE Awards
Merit: Apartment Renovation

The Legacy at Mayland, a vintage 1970s property, has been so transformed by a recent rehabilitation by UDR that is almost unrecognizable.

Previously, the 576-unit community had a mishmash of architectural styles for its 72 buildings, including Dutch Colonial, brick veneer, and mansard design. UDR dramatically changed the roofline with the addition of new gables focused on the breezeway entries and balconies. Existing mansard elements and sections of brick veneer were removed, while windows were replaced with larger ones.

The larger windows also increased the amount of light in the units, which were dark and closed off prior to the renovation. Walls were removed in most of the units to open up the kitchens to the living areas, creating warm and inviting spaces. Interior package upgrades included clear maple cabinets, new appliances, new light fixtures, and faucets.

Additionally, 100 of the original two-bedroom units were upgraded to include two baths, pushing the overall average unit size to 985 square feet. The renovations had a price tag of $37.64 per square foot, allowing the units to now lease for $744 to $1,274 per month.