Senate Finance Committee Releases Paper: LIHTC Reform Options

The Senate Committee on Finance released "Economic and Community Development: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion" after a closed-door Committee meeting on May 15. The document, which summarizes tax reform options related to the economic and community development portions of the tax code, is the sixth option paper released by the Committee.

NC House Bill Would End LEED Certifications for State Government Buildings


— A proposal to promote the use of North Carolina-grown timber in state government buildings could prevent state offices from receiving the prestigious LEED green building certification.

It Took A Village: A Habitat Affiliate's Determination to Build Better

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After an exhaustive search to find a deserving family for an upcoming house build, the Family Selection Committee of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Cottage Grove, Oregon found themselves faced with an unprecedented challenge.  The selected family desperately needed a house that could accommodate children and a single mother affected by a degenerative muscle disorder that would soon require the use of a wheelchair.  To complicate matters, City Planning would not approve the proposed house design selected from the Habitat for Humanity Interna

TightLines Designs is moving... next door!

E Hargett Street

On April 12th, our team will make the long journey down and back up a few flights of stairs to our new home located at 115.5 E Hargett Street, Suite 300 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

News & Observer Feature: The North Street Community provides one-of-a-kind support to families with disabled members

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Our team is honored and humbled to provide the design services for this groundbreaking project in Durham, NC.  The North Street community is the only urban neighborhood in NC and possibly the US set aside for families with developmentally disabled individuals as well as able-bodied families willing to assist them.

David Maurer to Present at Habitat International's 2013 Global Conference

TightLines Principal David Maurer
TightLines Designs Principal David Maurer will be a presenter at Habitat for Humanity International's 2013 Global Conference.  The conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 11-14 and will be attended by more than 2,000 representatives from Habitat affiliates across the U.S.

Rosengarten Park: A New Life 100 Years Later

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The Rosengarten Park Neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina has been given new life. Founded in the early 1900s and close to extinction multiple times over the decades, Rosengarten Park now holds the promise of being one of the most culturally rich, historic and centrally located neighborhoods in the city.

Sir Walter Raleigh Awards

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Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company, presented as the keynote speaker at the 30th annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards on Tuesday, October 9th.  Goodmon spoke to a crowd of more than 200 attendees about the critical role good design and community appearance play in creating economic success. He explained that the award ceremonies were as much an economic development gathering as a celebration of community.

HUD Green Technical Assistance Deadline Quickly Approaching

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has established a Green Technical Assistance (TA) Corps. Through this pilot initiative, experts on energy efficiency and green building will provide direct technical assistance to HUD grantees. This initiative is focused on supporting HUD grantees with technical assistance to incorporate green building and energy efficiency practices in daily operations and maintenance, as well as in new construction, rehabilitation, and retrofit projects.

TightLines Presents at the 2012 NC Affordable Housing Conference: Housing Works

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On Thursday, September 27th, TightLines President David Maurer joined Kimberly Siran of Coaly Design and Director of Kingdom Community Development Corporation Carl Manning to lead a discussion on collaborative design at the 2012 North Carolina Affordable Housing Conference: Housing Works.  The session Collaborative Design: Using Community Input to Produce a Better Projectshowed how incorporating the desires and n