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Monessen Rising Siteplan

Monessen is continuing to make progress on its redevelopment project. Here is a glimpse at some of the goals and ideas that are guiding the process.
Download pdf of Riverfront Siteplan Concept
Guiding Principles
A guiding principle of this redevelopment plan is sustainability. Sustainability w…

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Aside from the potentially-incongruous idea of Park Avenue going green, three things about the renovations at No. 270 struck me as quite amazing.
(1) Rain water runoff collected in the massive 54,000-gallon basement tank and used for landscaping and toilets will save 1 million gallons of water ev…

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Diana Center - Barnard

Earlier this month in an article that was widely disseminated , the Chicago Tribune noted that, according to USGBC, New York City was tied with Washington, D.C. for third-place among U.S. cities with 146 LEED-certified buildings, trailing Chicago (firmly in the lead with 223). Since then, another major project which we’ve written about here at gbNYC has earned LEED certification, vaulting Gotham past D.C. and into second place behind the Windy City

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Empire State Building Green Leasing

We’ve written quite a bit here at gbNYC about W&H Properties’ $550 million retrofit project at the Empire State Building, which is serving as the basis for a LEED-EB:OM Gold application to USGBC. What we haven’t mentioned previously, though, are the individual, green, pre-built tenant spaces that W&H is offering in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle that are both move-in ready and will support a tenant’s LEED for Commercial Interiors certification aspirations. W&H recently leased four of these spaces totaling 15,000 total square feet between the 53rd and 75th floors to Turkish Airlines, the Aberleen Group, X5 Music Group, and Napoli Bern Ripka LLP. Each pre-built tenant space features tenant-controlled HVAC systems, recycled-content and reclaimed interior finishes, natural daylighting, submetered electricity, and the building’s spectacular Manhattan views. The pre-built program has been remarkably successful even in the current climate, according to W&H spokesperson Fred Posniak

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Destiny USA

*This article originally appeared on Friday, February 25 at the Green Real Estate Law Journal . Unless you’re enjoying an extended President’s Day vacation this week, there’s a good chance you’ve already read Rick Moriarty’s fantastic piece from last weekend’s Syracuse Post-Standard about the latest hurdle facing the developer (Robert Congel) of the star-crossed Destiny USA mega-mall project in Syracuse, New York. If that project sounds familiar to you, it’s because we’ve written about it at GRELJ previously ; as you may recall, in November of 2009, the Appellate Division for the Fourth Department here in New York upheld (in a split 3-2 decision) the Onondaga County Supreme Court’s decision that Destiny was entitled to a preliminary injunction requiring its construction lender, Citigroup, to continue funding Destiny’s construction loan. ( Destiny USA Holdings, LLC v

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High bridge tolls are used to finance the subway system which underserves many areas, particularly Staten Island that does not have a subway connection. Many areas of New Jersey that are virtual suburbs of New York City have very little mass transit at … We have to stop the further development of nuclear facilities.

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