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First-Ever Livable Communities Award Winners Announced By AARP and NAHB

Five Organizations Recognized for Creating User-Friendly Homes and Developments Appropriate for All Ages and Abilities

Developer more than 250 units - The Integral Group (for CollegeTown at West End in Atlanta, GA) This mixed-income, mixed-use college town community -- which will eventually include multi-family apartments and units designed for those 50+, retail and commercial space, town houses, single-family homes and an inn -- is a pedestrian-friendly community in an evolving urban setting close to cultural attractions in the greater Atlanta area.

Remodeler more than $25,000 – Quality, Design & Construction, Inc. (for “Ann’s Ridge Road Dream” in Raleigh, NC) This remodeled home was designed to accommodate the owners current and future needs in an already existing structure. Subtle elements promoting safety, comfort and accessibility include, a step-free entry, the absence of hallways on the first floor, zoned, recessed lighting and task lighting throughout the house, easy- to-use kitchen cabinets, a roomy bath with a curbless shower, and multi-level countertops.

Winners will be honored at a dinner in Washington DC, on December 11, 2007 and will also be featured in AARP The Magazine, the nation’s most widely circulated magazine. For more information, photos and video clips on the winning projects, visit www.aarp.org/livablecommunitiesaward.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 235,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct 80 percent of the more than 1.56 million new housing units projected for 2007, making housing one of the largest engines of economic growth in the country.

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