Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Two OTR projects in LEED pilot program

Two redevelopment projects underway in Over-the-Rhine's Gateway Quarter are seeking to become the first LEED-certified residential buildings in the neighborhood, according to a media release.

Both Urban Sites' Belmain project at 1202 Main Street and Northpointe Group/B2B Equities' Mottainai Lofts at 1222-1224 Republic Street are part of a LEED-certified pilot project for mid-rise, multi-family buildings.

LEED, a third-party certification program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, promotes sustainable and healthy building practices by recognizing - and rewarding - sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Belmain will open next summer with 16 residential lofts; Mottainai Lofts will open next spring with eight loft condos.

Certification will be determined after both buildings have opened.

Currently, the Art Academy of Cincinnati building at 12th and Jackson streets is the only LEED-certified building of any type in Over-the-Rhine.

Both the Belmain and Mottainai Lofts are part of Phase III of the Gateway Quarter, a $30.3 million project that includes 106 for-sale housing units and over 15,000 square feet of commercial space.

Gateway Quarter Phases I and II resulted in 86 for-sale units and nearly 23,000 square feet of commercial space.

Previous reading on BC:
City Home photo update, 8/4/08 (8/12/08)
City approves OTR property sales (5/27/08)
City likely to sell OTR property to 3CDC, OTRCH (5/20/08)
Model releases Trinity Flats elevations (2/13/08)
More on 1232 Vine Street (12/13/07)