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Brand New Colony: Jamestown Properties Commits to Greening Nearly All $4 Billion Worth of Its U.S. Buildings

In one of their rare turns in the gbNYC spotlight, Jamestown Properties is acquitting itself well. Jamestown recently announced a commitment to do up to $10 million worth of green retrofits on its entire U.S. building portfolio. Given the size of Jamestown’s $4 billion portfolio, that’s a lot of buildings, with such major New York City properties as LEED Gold-hopeful 1250 Broadway and Chelsea Market among them. While Jamestown isn’t doing this out of the goodness of its Multinational Corporate Heart — they’ll make their money back through energy savings and higher rents and sale prices — their choice carries with it a number of heartening potential effects. In the Times, Alison Gregor explains the possible curve-bending effects of Jamestown’s decision to green its fleet.

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Where (Downtown) Brooklyn At: Downtown’s LEED Gold Toren Condos Gets FHA Approval, Critical Love

While it’s tempting to write, “if you’ve seen one luxury condominium, you’ve seen them all,” it’s probably more accurate of me to write, “if you’ve seen one Flash-driven website for a luxury condominium, you’ve seen them all.” At some point, though, all these listings kind of collapse into one — one endless state-of-the-art fitness center, one sprawling rooftop sundeck, and so dully on. But while Brooklyn’s Toren has many of the same amenities and attributes as the endless parade of luxury condos in Manhattan that fills my days, a few notable things set Toren apart. For one thing, Toren is pursuing LEED Gold certification. For another, it’s architecturally striking in the extreme, thanks to a gutsy Skidmore Owings & Merrill design. And for a third, Toren is flourishing where many cookie-cutter condos in Brooklyn and Manhattan are not. Call it real estate meritocracy, if you want. I’m just happy not to have to have to write anything about its gourmet kitchens or windowed baths or whatever.

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Silverstein, Port Authority Escalating Green Efforts at Ground Zero

With $2 billion in construction contracts already on the street for the $20 billion redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, Larry Silverstein calls the project a “freight train – the only way to stop it will be when all of the [LEED Gold] buildings are complete.”

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