Last week, YIMBY reported on a new building filing for a 101-unit apartment project at 45-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in the neighborhood of Edgemere, near Far Rockaway.
Now, we have further details on the project, called Beach Green North, along with a pair of renderings.
Developed by the Bluestone Organization in conjunciton with L+M and Triangle Equities, the building will be entirely below-market. Working in partnership with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, half of the units will go towards households making 60 percent or less of the area median income, with the rest targeted towards those at between 70 and 80 percent AMI, possibly going as high as 90 percent.
The building will be designed to passive house standards, although it remains to be seen if they’ll seek official certification. Curtis + Ginsberg Architects are taking the lead on design, and Global Design Strategies will work on the façade.
Per Bluestone’s website:
The project will incorporate many innovative features to get it to achieve record breaking low energy consumption levels including: the use of insulated concrete forms, energy recovery ventilation throughout, variable refrigerant flow central air source heat pumps to provide both heating and cooling, and a large solar photovoltaic array for renewable on-site electricity production.
Unique use of bio-swales, hydric habitat plantings, and pervious asphalt paving will not only help to achieve full storm water retention on site, but will also help serve the surrounding area by not adding to flows in the central sanitary/storm systems.
Various features/amenities have been designed into the building that will not only provide for greater comfort for all of the occupants, but also provides for an enhanced level of survivability in the event a future catastrophic storm such as “Sandy” hits the peninsula again.
“We are hoping and scheduled to close in June, so it should break ground in July,” Bluestone’s Ira Lichtiger told YIMBY, “but we may pour footings in June before the 421-a [expiration] deadline just to be safe.”
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