December 27, 2007 – Summer 2008 will bring green grass, green leaves and a completed green Emerald on where else but Green Street in the West Loop. A few posts ago we talked about the incentives being offered there but thought it deserved another look. The project is the result of a trio of companies, namely Harlem Irving, New Frontier and Senco Development. Pappageorge Haymes designed the towers which were planned nearly a decade ago. Because of that, developer Senco says that some more modern eco-friendly features were left out of the design because they simply weren’t available at the time. The building doesn’t have LEED certification as a whole, but according to an article in the Chicago Journal, it did receive enough online votes at the Chicago Agent Magazine to be dubbed the favorite eco-friendly community in the city.
The development’s two buildings, each twelve stories with a total of 106 condos, incorporates many recycled materials and environmentally responsible details. Some of the interior details include low VOC paint and bamboo, eucalyptus or hardwood flooring. Perhaps the signature feature of Emerald is the large 8,000 square foot lobby that is shared by both towers. This common space contains a fitness center with a LEED certified Lonseal Green Vinyl floor which is made from at least 20 percent recycled compounds. The lobby will also showcase the Club Emerald which will have a bar and party or event area for residents to use. Other details include furniture upholstered with fabrics woven from recycled material, quartzitec floors, counter tops with recycled aluminum and energy efficient LED lighting.
With 75 percent of the units at Emerald already sold, it looks like there will be a green harvest by summer for these Chicago New Construction Condos.
[tags]Emerald, Chicago Condos, Chicago Real Estate[/tags]