FAIRFIELD — A national coalition of smart-growth-orientated agencies has given its 2014 leadership award to the developer of the Temple Art Lofts project in downtown Vallejo.
Smart Growth America is scheduled to honor Meea Kang on Wednesday with its LOCUS Leadership Award. It will present the award at a Washington, D.C. event that brings together real estate developers, investors and members of Congress.
Kang founded Domus Development in 2003 and is its president. Her company worked to turn the old Vallejo City Hall and adjacent Masonic Temple on Marin Street in Vallejo from deteriorating, empty buildings into Temple Art Lofts, with nine studio residences, 11 one-bedroom residences and eight two-bedroom residences. It opened in 2013.
“Meea Kang has distinguished herself as an indisputable leader in the complex fields of affordable housing and smart growth,” said Amanda Eaken, deputy director of sustainable communities at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in a press release.
Kang also worked with Pittsburg to develop infill sites in the city’s Old Town area. She serves on the board of directors of the Sacramento Housing Alliance and the advisory committee for the University of California, Davis Center for Regional Change.
The term smart growth refers to the idea of building compact neighborhoods with stores, jobs, schools and other destinations within walking distance of homes.
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