A LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Project- one of 238 such projects in 39 states and D.C. and six countries- broke ground last Tuesday in Stamford, Connecticut. The mixed-use Metro Green will include 238 units of rental and condominium apartments, including 50 affordable housing units which constitute Phase I of the project. Jonathan Rose Companies has teamed up with W&M Properties for the residential component, which independently will seek LEED Gold under New Construction.
Designer Perkins Eastman Architects incorporated green features on the residential component such as the now-standard energy-efficient mechanical components and low-VOC finishes, individual heating and cooling units, as well as a building envelope that features a reduced heat-island effect roof and high-performance spray-on cellulose insulation Metro Green will also include a water harvesting system to be used for irrigation and in washing machines (after filtration, of course).
In addition, the development site sits within the city’s Enterprise Zone, situated at the Stamford Transportation Center, which will also be the site of a 17-story, 350,000-square-foot commercial tower, slated for LEED Platinum under Core and Shell. The site will also include a new public plaza and new trees along Henry and Atlantic Streets.
The LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program is aimed at reducing urban sprawl, healthier living through walking instead of driving, further reduction in car use through the use of accessible transporation options, and the use of sites that do not encroach on the natural habitat. Connecticut’s other LEED-ND projects include 745 Chapel Street in New Haven, Georgetown Land Development in Georgetown, Harbor Point in Stamford, Simsbury River Oaks in Simsbury, and Storrs Center in Mansfield. New York has nine such projects, including Columbia University’s proposed, controversial Manhattanville expansion. New Jersey has five, including one in Newark and one in Elizabeth. You can access USGBC’s list of all 238 projects via this link. USGBC is no longer accepting applications for new projects, but the full program is expected to go live next year. More information is available from USGBC here.
ML is short for our weekly Monday LEEDoff™ column, which typically profiles a different LEED project generally in (but not limited to) the New York City area. You can access an archive of profiled projects via this link.