The exterior of the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis, Minn.
The exterior of the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis, Minn.

The National Association of Home Builders’ Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award winners were recognized for their accomplishments in a ceremony at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

The A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis, Minn. has been recognized as the Community of the Year. Dominion redeveloped the 251-unit, artist-oriented affordable housing community from the 130-year-old Pillsbury A-Mill, once the largest flour mill in the world. The community, which includes a hydroelectric energy system and multiple artists’ studios as community amenities, was 100% occupied within a month of its opening.

"The A-Mill Artist Lofts' adaptive reuse of the vacant mill has changed the viability of the neighborhood, with shops, restaurants and cafés flourishing nearby," John "Ed" Easley, president of LMC Development, a Lennar Co., and chairman of NAHB's Multifamily Leadership Board, said in a release. "A-Mill has helped engender a vibrant residential and commercial community for walking, biking and enjoying the riverfront."

The NAHB’s Multifamily Development Firm of the Year is Bozzuto Development, which has been recognized for its dedication to the surrounding community, its widely varied portfolio, and its cooperative expertise. The awards committee has recognized the firm’s ability to maximize density and to align its development strategy with the needs of the environment and existing community.

"Bozzuto Development considers every project a joint venture, whether with land sellers, private investors, not-for-profit groups or institutional partners," Easely added. "Its successful public and private partnerships have earned it the trust of development partners and community leaders alike."

The Pillars of the Industry Awards also includes recognition for building, marketing, and individual and corporate achievement.