Anbau Closes on Loan for BKSK-Designed Green Condos at 124 West 23rd Street

Anbau Properties’ 16-story, 34-unit project is set to move forward thanks to acquisition and construction financing from BNY Mellon.

Anbau Properties and BKSK Architects have teamed up for another luxury green condominium project, this time at 124 West 23rd Street in Chelsea. As you’ll recall, BKSK designed the Upper West Side’s Harsen House (see image) for Anbau, whose 22 units sold out in just seven months and is awaiting formal LEED certification from USGBC.

Despite the horrific lending climate, Bank of New York Mellon recently provided Anbau with an acquisition and construction loan for the project. The 16-story tower will offer 34 residences and 4000 square feet of ground floor retail. BKSK will implement similar green features at 124 West 23rd Street as Harsen House, and Anbau will seek an unspecified level of LEED certification for the project. Anbau paid $19 million for the project’s 55,000-square-foot footprint.

Anbau completed the 16-story Harsen House at 120 West 72nd Street over the summer, which includes interiors by Andres Escobar. Green design elements (which we also expect to see at 124 West 23rd Street) include hot water radiant heat, FSC-certified oak floors, ducted kitchen hoods which ventilate air directly outdoors, and energy-efficient, floor-to-ceiling windows.You’ll also recall that BKSK designed the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor’s Center- New York City’s first building to earn LEED Platinum from USGBC.

It’s certainly positive to see projects still moving forward despite the turmoil on Wall Street. It’s also important to note that developers like Anbau and designers like BKSK are committed to green design practices and implementing the lessons they’ve learned previously as they execute subsequent projects. We’ll have more details and renderings once they’re available.

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