The Met North is a 102 unit tax-credit financed affordable housing project, which presents a varied and active frontage along a commercial thoroughfare opposite a new “big-box” super center. The design breaks up the massing in height and setbacks and concentrates common uses like lounges, laundries, workout room and management offices near the project entry. These common areas are extended out towards the sidewalk via patios filled with tables and umbrellas – further blurring the “residential only” program of the development. Inside the project wraps around a generous courtyard and clubhouse. Passive and active play and relaxation areas are developed to lure residents out of their units and into the landscape. Parking is efficiently handled in a two-level structure at the rear of the parcel. The concrete garage also serves as a sound buffer to the railroad tracks that run just beyond the rear property line.