Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Apartment Tower to Utilize Solar and Wind Power

Long Island City will soon be getting the city’s first LEED Silver-designed building that utilizes both solar and wind power.  The building design calls for a wind turbine producing power as well as a solar power screen, a green roof, ample outdoor space and water retention tanks. The 386 foot eco-friendly apartment building will soon rise at 44-28 Purves Street.

The 35-story luxury building will house 270 rental apartments and 2,600 square feet of ground floor retail space. A two-story amenity and retail building will connect to the tower and include a fitness center, yoga studio, a recreational courtyard, a grilling and bar area with a giant outdoor movie screen, and a V-shaped pool with a 50-foot lap lane.

In addition to the LEED certification, the two-building project is slated for acceptance into the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority New Construction Program.

Under development by Brause Realty and Gotham Organization, the 35-story residential rental complex at 44-28 Purves Street, bordered by Thomson Avenue and 44th Drive, is also going through the feng shui certification process, which will “ensure proper energy moves through the project,” said architect Gustavo Rodriguez.

“Wind, water and the energies of the environment are important to incorporate into the design of a building,” said developer David Brause.

The 267,000-square-foot development will have 270 market-rate units, 26,300 square feet of amenities, 15,000 square feet of outdoor space and 75 parking spaces.

Apartments will range from studios to one- and two-bedroom units , all market rate and ranging from 600 to 1,200 square feet , topped by a one-bedroom penthouse with a huge private terrace.

The amenity package is extensive, from a landscaped serenity courtyard, to a fitness center and movement studio, to a recreational courtyard that links two buildings and has a V-shaped pool with a 50-foot lap lane, to a grilling and bar area with communal seating and grass that looks onto a large weather-resistant movie screen.

This area flows into the indoor lounge on the second floor of tower, which will have a full kitchen, fireplace, and comfortable social and work areas. The remainder of the amenity space on the second floor includes a private lounge, a conference area with attached outdoor patio and a children's playroom.

The top floor of the tower will include another communal space for tenants; a lounge with a billiards room, a wet bar, and a terrace.

In total, the project will have more than 8,300 square feet of indoor amenity space and 17,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space.

The lot, a former contaminated brownfield site, is currently in the process of being cleaned up under the EPA’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

Court Square is overflowing with new high-rise residential towers; the Rabsky Group is presently constructing a 25-story apartment tower directly across the street at 44-41 Purves Street.

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