Mill Creek Nassau County Apartment Communities On Track To Be LEED for Homes
Metro 303 and West 130 Will be First Mid-rise Mulitfamily Buildings on Long Island to Earn Distinction
Nassau County, NY — February 20, 2013 — Mill Creek Residential, a leading multifamily developer, investor and operator specializing in premier apartment communities across the U.S., today announced that its newest Nassau County developments, West 130 and Metro 303, are on target to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) For Homes Gold Certification. This certification would make the two luxury, transit-oriented apartment communities the first on Long Island to be LEED for Homes Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
West 130 and Metro 303 were thoughtfully designed and constructed to minimize their ecological footprint in five key areas of human and environmental health: site development; water savings and efficiency; energy efficiency; construction materials and resources; and indoor air quality. Examples of sustainable elements throughout both communities that contribute to their LEED Gold status include:
- Locations within easy walking distance to mass transit options
- Smoke-free living throughout the apartment communities
- Landscaping using drought-resistant and indigenous plants
- EnergyStar® refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and ventilation fans
- High efficiency air filtration system for superior indoor air quality
- High reflectivity roof material to reduce energy needs
- Electric car charging stations
“We are excited to deliver the first multifamily developments designed to meet the energy standards set by the LEED rating system.” says Maria Rigopoulos, Managing Director for MCRT. “Our decision to make the additional investment in ‘green’ building was driven by the opportunity to provide more sustainable living environments for our residents and energy savings through efficient appliances and building systems.”
West 130 is a transit-oriented community located in West Hempstead, within the Town of Hempstead, New York. The development is adjacent to the West Hempstead Long Island Rail Road station, allowing residents to commute into New York City’s Penn Station within 50 minutes. A four-story building with private underground garage parking for residents, the community features 150 upscale residences that offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The new development was awarded a Smart Growth award in 2009 by Vision Long Island for its role in revitalizing the West Hempstead neighborhood.
“I congratulate Mill Creek on its effort to construct LEED-certified buildings at West 130, the state-of-the-art luxury apartment complex in the community of West Hempstead,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “Mill Creek’s focus on planet-friendly construction goes hand-in-hand with Hempstead Town’s ongoing clean energy initiatives. In creating the groundbreaking transit-oriented development zone, it is clear that Hempstead Town is focused on smart growth and energy conservation principles. I am truly excited at the prospect of residents stepping out of their energy efficient apartments on board an environmentally friendly commuter train.”
Metro 303 is located on Long Island, NY at the northern end of The Village of Hempstead, bordering the Village of Garden City and centrally located in the heart of Nassau County. The transit-oriented location is also within easy walking distance to the Country Life Press LIRR station to the north and the multi-modal Hempstead LIRR and bus terminal. Metro 303 features a total of 166 upscale rental residences that offer a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts within a four-story building with two levels of enclosed private parking for residents. It was recently honored with the 2012 Award for Housing Choices by Vision Long Island in recognition of its role in furthering the diversification of much-needed housing options on Long Island.
“Now that we have begun our transformative downtown revitalization project, it is important to encourage residential and commercial growth throughout the Village of Hempstead,” said Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. “The Metro 303 Project is an excellent example of this kind of growth being conducted in an environmentally friendly manner.”
Apartment homes at Metro 303 and West 130 feature modern upscale kitchens. The communities offer numerous on-site amenities, including an inviting and luxuriously appointed resident lounge with fireplace, game area, Wi-Fi, and multiple flat screen televisions, an outdoor pool and sun deck, a top-of-the-line fitness studio with cardio theater, and beautifully landscaped courtyards including fountains and outdoor fireside seating.
Beyond the immediate neighborhood, the communities are easily accessible to the county’s major centers of employment, recreational, shopping and entertainment destinations, and educational institutions including Adelphi, Hofstra and Long Island Universities.