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Photo of Park Avenue Green (Bright Power)

The Country’s Largest Passive Development Brings Affordable Housing to the South Bronx

Park Avenue Green, a new affordable housing community in the South Bronx is officially the largest Passive House development in North America. Defined by a stringent checklist of sustainable requirements, the project’s design reduces the expenditure of energy by incorporating a thoroughly sealed building envelope, advanced ventilation systems, low-energy cooling systems, and rooftop solar panels.

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425 Grand Concourse

Team Selected to Build 24-Story, 241-Unit Passive Affordable Residential Tower At 425 Grand Concourse, Mott Haven

In June of 2015, YIMBY reported on the Request for Proposals (RFP) launched by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for the development site at 425 Grand Concourse, in Mott Haven. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has selected a development team for the 30,000-square-foot site, located on the corner of East 144th Street, Politico New York reports. Trinity Financial and MBD Community Housing Corporation will build a 24-story, 241-unit mixed-use building. The 300,000-square-foot tower will contain only below-market rate rental apartments, in addition to a charter school, a medical facility, community space for cultural and social programs, and a supermarket. It will also be the largest Passive House project in the city. Garrison Playground, located immediately to the north, will be rehabilitated. The city is expected to finance the project, which must first journey through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process. ULURP is scheduled to begin in early 2017.


210 Pacific Street

Façade Installed At Six-Story, 10-Unit Residential Building At 210 Pacific Street, Boerum Hill

A few months ago, the six-story, 10-unit Passive House residential building under construction at 210 Pacific Street, in Boerum Hill, was beginning to get its façade installed, and now the structure is fully clad in brass tiles. Brownstoner has the latest photos of the structure, which measures 28,718 square feet in total. All of the building’s windows have been put in place and exterior construction has largely been completed. SBLM Architects is behind the design and NAVA Companies is the developer. As previously reported, the residential units should average a spacious 2,020 square feet apiece, and amenities listed on the Schedule A include a gym and eight parking spaces in the cellar, recreational space on the ground floor, and rooftop terraces. Occupancy is expected within the next few months.


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