The recent news out of the northern end of Hoboken hasn’t been all bad: Bijou Properties’ 12-story, Park Place rental building that’s under construction at 1415 Park Avenue has earned a 2013 Smart Growth Gold Award from the Hudson County Planning Board. Projects were considered for the competition’s fourth annual iteration based on site selection, site design, and proposed green infrastructure criteria suggested by the American Planning Association, USGBC, and NJ Future, among others.
Bijou – which has developed two other LEED-certified residential buildings in Hoboken – is partnering with AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust to build the $131 million, 221-unit rental project. Tishman Construction and architects Marchetto Higgins Stieve round out the project team, which is pursuing a LEED Gold rating from USGBC. 1415 Park Avenue will also include 13,000 square feet of retail space, 32,000 square feet of educational programming space, and a six-level parking garage, boasting green features that will range from a green roof and combined heat and power unit to twelve electric vehicle charging bays and 100 spaces of bicycle parking. Bijou is aiming to reduce overall energy consumption by 20 percent, and individual rental units will include Energy Star appliances and low-VOC finishes; all of the concrete from the parking structure that was demolished to make way for the tower was recycled on site.
“Park Place reflects our commitment to utilizing advanced, eco-friendly building practices and systems to create new properties that respect the environment and life-styles of the community at large,” Lawrence Bijou, managing partner of Bijou Properties, told the Bergen Record. “We’re delighted that the Hudson County Planning Board has recognized Park Place as a model for what should become standard principles of development in our cities today.”
The project isn’t the only Bijou development on the northern end of Hoboken to win accolades: in 2009, the SHoP Architects-designed Garden Street Lofts condominium project on 14th Street won a Sustainable Buildings Industry Council “Beyond Green 2008″ award in the multi-family property category.