Construction is complete on phase one of the Sendero Verde complex, a 361-unit residential tower at 60 East 112th Street and the largest Passive House development in the country. Located in East Harlem, Manhattan, the tower stands 15 stories tall and comprises roughly 395,000 square feet.
The development team responsible for the Sendero Verde complex includes Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development, and Acacia Real Estate Development. When complete, the entire complex will include more than 700 affordable housing units, a 51,000-square-foot charter school operated by The Harlem Children’s Zone, around 90,000 square feet of community facility space, and an 18,000-square-foot park that connects two mid-rise towers.
The Harlem Children’s Zone and Union Settlement, a community organization with 12,000 square feet of space, will soon begin operations within the first tower. Total retail space is expected to measure 4,000 square feet.
The second tower at 50 East 112th Street will soon top out at 34 stories. A third, ten-story structure is located at 75 East 111th Street.
“As the largest Passive House in North America, Sendero Verde is proof of concept for Jonathan Rose Companies’ vision for housing that unites affordability, livability, and sustainability,” said Jonathan F.P. Rose, founder and president of Jonathan Rose Companies, which has focused the majority of its investments in sustainable and affordable housing assets.
Designed by Handel Architects, both buildings within the complex were engineered in accordance with Passive House standards, a rigorous set of construction guidelines to maximize occupant health, reduce energy consumption, and minimize carbon emissions. To meet each requirement, Sendero Verde’s façades are airtight and feature above-code insulation, which helps minimize the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the building. This includes triple-glazed windows and the elimination of gaps and spacing within a building’s enclosure that allow outside air to pass through. Residents will also benefit from ventilation and energy recovery systems that help reduce monthly utility bills compared to similar residential properties in New York City.
The parks and community gardens that enliven the space were managed by AECOM’s landscape engineering and architecture group.
“By prioritizing both affordability and sustainability, Sendero Verde sets a new industry standard for development,” said Jessica Yoon, senior director at L+M Development Partners. “We are honored that Sendero Verde has been named the largest Passive House in North America and look forward to continuing work with our partners to complete one of East Harlem’s most transformative projects.”
Leasing for Phase One began this summer, with the building expected to be fully occupied by the first quarter of 2023. More than half of available units at 60 East 112th Street were reserved for households earning 60, 80, and 90 percent of the area median income.
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This should be Project of the Year.
It also proves all new buildings should be passive built. They are the most comfortable and healthy of building types.