In acquiring this affordable housing community, Fairstead joined a local effort to turn the
tide in a long-challenged region. To do its part, the company renovated the three-story
garden style apartments inside and out, an ambitious undertaking fueled by the belief
that affordable housing must be a springboard to improved lives.
Significantly, the work reduced the property’s carbon footprint, with an energy-saving
makeover that included the installation of attic, wall, and pipe insulation; replacement of
windows, water heaters, and refrigerators; and upgrades to the HVAC system, lighting,
and thermostats. Additionally, the grounds now features a basketball court, business
center, lounge, barbecue/picnic area, and library. New outdoor lighting and fencing
were installed as well.
But the real centerpiece of the property, a striking representation of Fairstead’s
commitment to civic revival, is a new community garden of flowers and vegetables that
the on-site social services team created in partnership with residents. Today, Woodside’s
youngsters participate in weekly tending sessions that are both fun and educational. Such
programming reflects the aim of our in-house social services to establish regular communal
events and life-assistance programming tailored to residents’ wants and needs. More often
than not these events and services are in areas closely related to personal well-being,
including education, health and wellness, employment assistance, food insecurity, and
access to relevant local, state, national government assistance programs.