Hamlet’s Birkhill at Fireclay recognized as a model of quality urban development and community spirit

  MURRAY, UTAH (April 21, 2009) Hamlet Homes’ vibrant, mixed-use, transit-oriented community (TOD), Birkhill at Fireclay in the heart of Murray City, was honored today as one of eight recipients of the Governor’s Quality Growth Awards. In its eighth year, the awards program is sponsored by Envision Utah and the Utah Quality Growth Commission. Awards were presented by Governor Jon Huntsman and Alan Matheson, executive director of Envision Utah. “Utah’s future will reflect the collective impact of today’s development decisions,” said Matheson. “With the Quality Growth Award winners as models, the future looks bright. They demonstrate that development can enhance our communities and succeed in the market.” Hamlet’s Birkhill at Fireclay, located at 43rd South and Main Street in Murray City, is a 22-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented community in the city’s 97-acre redevelopment area known as the Fireclay District.  Birkhill was conceived by Hamlet CEO, Michael Brodsky, in conjunction with Murray City officials as they developed a 2003 General Plan committed to stimulating economic growth through the development of walkable, sustainable and vibrant urban communities along the Wasatch Front. Developed adjacent to the Fireclay TRAX Station, the Birkhill community incorporates LEED Neighborhood Development criteria for density, proximity to public transportation, infill development, and the incorporation of neighborhood parks. The inviting residential neighborhood features classically designed townhomes, condos, and ample opportunities for retail shops, restaurants and everyday services and business. Tree-lined streets and street meridians, sidewalk cafes and beautifully landscaped parks are all part of the design that creates a special sense of place. “Hamlet Homes is honored to receive this recognition from the Governor’s Office, Envision Utah and the Utah Quality Growth Commission,” said Brodsky. “Birkhill at Fireclay reflects the combined expertise and vision of Hamlet Homes, Murray City officials and community leaders. It is truly the epitome of a well-planned, attractively designed urban neighborhood.” To learn more about the Birkhill at Fireclay, contact Phil Mosher at 801-865-3000 or visit Hamlet Homes’ Website at www.hamlethomes.com.

About Hamlet Homes

Hamlet Homes (www.hamlethomes.com) crafts quality, customer-oriented homes, ranging from condominiums and town homes to single-family homes located in attractively designed neighborhoods in northern Utah. In addition, Hamlet is a leader of urban redevelopment, and transit-oriented communities. Since the company’s founding in 1995, Hamlet Homes has constructed more than 3,000 homes in 35 communities. The company is continually striving to meet and exceed the expectations of its homebuyers and live up to its brand of “Great Homes. Great People. Great Experience.” In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Hamlet Homes received the Builder of Integrity Award from the Quality Builders Warranty Corporation, and in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007, Hamlet Homes received Utah’s Best of State medal for residential construction. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hamlet Homes is part of the Hamlet group of companies, which also includes Hamlet Development and Stirling Mortgage, an affiliate of Wells Fargo.

About Envision Utah

Envision Utah (www.envisionutah.org) is recognized as one of the most successful, broad-based, long-term growth strategies for a major U.S. metropolitan area.  According to the Michigan Land Use Institute, “Envision Utah has won the planning equivalent of four Oscars – the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence, the Alliance for Regional Stewardship’s Gold Recognition Award, the American Planning Association’s Daniel Burnham Award, and the American Public Transportation Association’s Distinguished Service Award.” Since 1997, Envision Utah has worked with communities to plan effectively for future growth through collaboration, information-sharing, education and innovative strategies.


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