Metro West Housing Solution’s Lamar Station Crossing has become the Rocky Mountain region’s first LEED Neighborhood Development certified community. The affordable housing development received silver certification.
LEED, which stands for …
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LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the world’s foremost rating system for the design, construction and operation of green buildings and communities.
The certification emphasizes repurposing existing land in urban areas already served by infrastructure, providing multiple modes of transportation to people on-site and offering public open space.
Lamar Station has also been recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and City of Lakewood for its sustainable efforts.
“Buildings and neighborhoods are prime examples of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Lamar Station Crossing efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
Metro West just finished the first phase of a 5-acre redevelopment, located at 6150 W. 13th Ave., and opened 110 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, on Jan. 10.
According to Brendalee Connors, asset manager with Metro West, the apartments at Lamar Station are 80 percent affordable rentals and 20 percent market rentals. Five of the 110 apartments are live-work apartments featuring an Artist-In-Residence program.
Connors said that it is the small things that the apartments are doing that are going a long way to making them so so sustainable. From trash chutes not only for garbage for recycling to brand new Energy Star appliances in all common spaces and apartments and CFL and LED lighting are used throughout the building.
“The building also has 78 kW photovoltaic solar system on the roof to provide energy,” Connors said.
Reflecting the building’s dedication to sustainability, the USGBC Colorado will showcase Lamar Station Crossing with a tour and presentation that counts for continuing education at its annual Rocky Mountain Green Conference this month.
Sustainable living also extends to the habits of the residents, and Metro West is finding unique ways to encourage healthy living.
“One of the simple things we’re doing is encouraging the residents to use the stairs,” Connors said. “One of the ways we’re doing that is by working with the 40 West Arts District to hang art in the stairwells.”
One of the final pieces of the puzzle is transportation, which Lamar Station has in abundance, thanks to its proximity to the W Rail. Connors said that about 20 percent of the new residents don’t have cars, which bodes will for the future of multi-modal transportation in the area.
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