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123 Green Street: Green is its Middle Name

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
   | Green Real Estate

I know we’ve been on the subject of eco-friendly approaches to living a lot lately, but this trend really is becoming the wave of the future, and I don’t want anyone to miss this boat! The way homeowners, developers, city officials and manufacturers are all making an effort to maintain a sustainable lifestyle is inspiring others to follow suit. Just take a look around Chicago and the advances occurring here.

Located at the very appropriate street address of 123 Green Street, a brand new green condominium project in the West Loop neighborhood is pulling out all the stops to not only build an environmentally-conscious living space, but also recycle the remnants of the site’s previous structures. The developers of Emerald condominiums were able to reuse or resell 80% of the 10 vintage buildings that were razed to make way for the new twelve-story towers. Bricks, steel and wood beams were shipped to construction projects in other states, while the original foundation will provide backfill for the new development, which is slated for completion early next year.

Inside the two condo buildings, residents will find a world of sustainable living elements and natural materials. The flooring will consist of bamboo boards or Brazilian eucalyptus which are more durable than hardwood and come from renewable supplies. Extremely energy-efficient, floor-to-ceiling windows and unit-controlled heating and cooling systems help homeowners save money on utility bills and conserve resources at the same time. All paint used will be low VOC, low toxin products (check out my previous entry for more info) and bathroom tiles will feature natural stone. Portable EcoSmart fireplaces and recycled glass and metal countertops can be added at the owner’s request.

A variety of floorplans will be available with one- and two-bedroom layouts that encompass anywhere from 765 to 1,297 square feet of space. Every unit will have at least one private balcony and prices range from the upper $200,000s to the upper $400,000s. The development’s two buildings will be linked by an enormous, two-story atrium and lobby.