We’ll note today’s holiday in honor of Dr. King by pointing you to the Kalahari condominiums, which are still under construction on Fifth Avenue at 116th Street in Harlem, in pursuit of a LEED Silver rating. Developed by Harlem-based Full Spectrum Building & Development, the twelve-story project should open for occupancy sometime during the first two quarters of this year.
Full Spectrum (which is also developing green projects in Trenton and at 1400 Fifth Avenue) is an African-American-owned developer of green properties that also provided consulting services in connection with the 20 River Terrace project in Battery Park City. The $119 million, two-tower Kalahari features a sub-Saharan design motif and is named for Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The project will include an African-American Film Center, community center, restaurant, and commercial space, and was designed by Frederic Schwarz, with GF55 as executive architect and Jack Travis as the cultural design consultant.
The Kalahari offers 249 total units, including 120 that were set aside as affordable housing. Each unit includes bamboo flooring, clean air filters, and Energy Star appliances. Twenty-five percent of the power at the building is drawn from solar and wind sources, an on-site Zip Car station offers hybrid automobiles, and the development features a number of green roofs, public gardens, and sustainable vegetation.
As of last October, 15 market-rate units were still available for sale, most of which were two bedrooms that start in the $700s (around $700 per square foot). Along with 1400 Fifth Avenue and Vornado’s LEED Silver office tower that’s set to rise on the corner of 125th Street and Park Avenue, the Kalahari stands at the vanguard of a wave of green construction in Harlem that doesn’t appear to be abating anytime soon.