Urban Land Institute Awards MidPen Housing’s Station Center in Union City the 2013 Global Award for Excellence

Station Center in Union City

November 12, 2013 — Station Center, a MidPen Housing affordable community for families in Union City, California has won the prestigious 2013 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence. The ULI selected twelve developments from around the world as winners in the 35th annual competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.

Station Center, which opened in 2012, provides 157 rental apartment homes and multiple amenities for low and very low-income individuals and families. Located next to the Union City BART station, on the former site of a PG&E facility, the mixed-use community includes 8,600 square feet of commercial space, community gardens, a pool and fitness center, a children’s play area and an expansive community center. Station Center incorporates many sustainable features and achieved LEED Platinum Certification by the US Build It Green Building Council. Read more.

Station Center's community gardens and open play areas

With nearly 30,000 members worldwide, the mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.

Station Center at the heart of Union City's Station District

“The 2013 ULI Global Award winners offer twelve remarkable projects that cover a broad geographic range, very diverse project typologies, and several models of development. And yet they all highlight a common thread: a committed contribution to a healthy living environment through responsible real estate development, and a dedication to building enduring communities,” said M. Leanne Lachman, ULI jury chair and president of Lachman and Associates in New York, NY.

Read about the other eleven 2013 ULI Global Awards for Excellence winners here.