At Towne Properties, we love what we do. When we were still a young company back in the 1960’s, we realized that our residents wanted more than just a place to hang their hat. They want to enjoy a sense of community. To belong. To love where they live. So for us, it’s not just about building and managing apartments. With every project we build, and in every community we manage, our goal is to create a sense of community and become part of the bigger community, the neighborhood, the city, and the region. Becoming an integral part of the communities in which we operate is two-fold. The first element is giving back to the community to support others both on a corporate level and a grass roots level with our residents. The second ongoing initiative is giving back to the planet by incorporating green initiatives wherever we can.
Great Places to Give
Giving isn’t just about a company writing a fat check to a charity. Although we’re proud of the support we provide to ArtsWave, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (we were their first corporate team in 1998, and have been an active contributor and fund-raiser since then), and United Way on a corporate level, Towne Properties is most proud of the grass roots fundraising by our associates and our residents. From Beck’s Bakery bake sales to Crawl for a Cure our associates and residents have raised tens of thousands for charities throughout all the metropolitan areas in which we do business. And every year our residents help us give back through our annual Great Places to Give campaign. Here is how we give back at Liberty Center:
Towne Properties is proud to have constructed Cincinnati’s first LEED certified apartment community at DeSales Flats in East Walnut Hills. But “being green” or “going green” encompasses so much more. Energy and water efficiency improvements can save our residents money while also having a positive impact on the environment. So from making our apartment homes more efficient with LED lighting and low flow shower heads and commodes, to community gardens and recycling, we encourage each community to choose its own path and invite participation among its residents. Here are some of the steps taken at Liberty Center:
• All common area incandescent lighting in the hallways is in the process of being replaced with LED bulbs over the course of a five-year plan.
• Working to place our buildings on an “energy savings mode” where lighting is reduced overnight in the common areas (like every other hall light is only on from 11pm-6am).
• Residents participate in the annual seasonal community garden, which has vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, squash and peppers, along with several herbs such as rosemary, mint, cilantro, parsley, basil and thyme. When grown, these vegetable and herbs are offered to all residents in our community kitchen for resident’s use in cooking.
• For Thanksgiving we have a food drive placing barrels in each building’s lobby areas to collect canned goods and dried foods for Reach Out Lakota
• We also do an annual “Giving Tree” with the Salvation Army
which always garners a huge outpouring from our residents whom donate goods needed or gift cards to a family in need during the Holiday Season.