Green Space Abounds at Mount Hope Community Center in South Bronx

Although the project won’t seek a LEED rating, the design team’s charge for this 4-story project was to improve indoor air quality, as the neighborhood suffers from one of the worst asthma rates anywhere in the country.

Designed by the Croxton Collaborative Architects, the Mount Hope Community Center in the South Bronx will offer a gymnasium, conference center, computer labs, classrooms and play areas at East 175th Street between Townsend and Walton Avenues when it opens sometime later this summer. The 4-story, 44,000-square-foot project will include a number of sustainable design features, though it does not appear that the project team is pursuing any third-party rating.

Landscape contractor Plant Fantasies- a certified WBE (woman-owned business enterprise) is installing three levels of outdoor terrace space, including two green roofs, one of 3600 square feet, the other 900 square feet. The outdoor greenery was designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, which specified drought-resistant soil and shrubbery. The landscaping team also worked together on the Millenium Tower project (Handel Architects) in Battery Park City, which was one of the first residential buildings in Manhattan to earn a LEED Gold rating.

The Mount Hope project has been fifteen years in the making and relied on funding, in part, from both the city and New Market Tax Credits. The design team’s charge was to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality; as gbNYC has noted previously, the Bronx suffers from one of the worst asthma rates in the entire U.S.

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