7/02/2010

Green Affordable Housing in the Bronx






Construction is well underway on Via Verde, a sustainable, mixed-income housing project in South Bronx scheduled to open in 2011.  Designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects.  The housing complex is rising on a remediated brownfield site near a major transportation and commercial center.  Of its 222 units 151 are reserved for low-income tenants spread across a 20-story tower, a mid-rise duplex building, and townhouses, all organized around a central courtyard.  The complex will feature a wellness center and edible gardens.  The development will use nearly one-third less energy than comparable housing developments.  Via Verde is expected to meet or exceed LEED Gold requirements.  Sustainable features include a rainwater collection system, photovoltaic panels and green roofs.  Shaun Donovan, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development said at his attendance to the ground- breaking ceremony that the project exemplifies the Obama administrations fundamentally different approach to housing; a move away from the Corbusian model to one that supports local visions of site design.

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