It’s always great to see sustainable design intersect with projects that improve the fabric of our communities. Accordingly, we were happy to see that, in cooperation with its development partner the Dermot Company , the Lower Eastside Girls Club filed plans with the Department of Buildings back in mid-December for a 12-story, 90,000-square-foot mixed-use building that will rise at the corner of Avenue D and East Seventh and Eighth Streets.
Designed by Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects , the project will seek a LEED Gold rating from USGBC and include a number of green design features ranging from building-integrated photovoltaics to both extensive and intensive green roofs and terraces. 72 residential units will top out the remaining 8 stories, while the development will also include 2 commercial units.
The first 4 floors of the building will house space for the Girls Club, which offers a variety of free educational opportunities and career training to New York City girls and their families. The building will also house the Girls Club’s Sweet Things Baking Company and Community Cafe (a social entrepreneurial venture), and girls will grow and cultivate herbs and other spices for the cafe using the green roofs and an accompanying science and environmental education center. Other spaces within the Center will include a technology center, planetarium, fair trade gift shop and book store, a farmers’ market, and health and wellness center. No further details on the project seem readily available but, as always, we’ll follow up on this important Lower East Side construction effort.
- ’09 to Bring Green Apartments to Avenue D (NYO)
- Lower Eastside Girls Club (CT&A)
- Capital Campaign (LEGC)