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283 Greene street 283 Greene Street design and construction (CityRealty)
NYC's fourth new cross-laminated timber (CLT) building is rising at 283 Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill. The 5-story project rendering might not look like much, but don't be fooled – this structure will tout super modern features like a semi-modular build and a Passive House certification. You might know the architects, Loadingdock5, from Hello Living's massive residential portfolio that includes Hello Townhaus, Hello Lenox, and Hello Nostrand. Permits list 283 Greene LLC is listed as the owner.
The project is actually a conversion of a two-story manufacturing facility into a mixed-use commercial and residential building that will eventually hold 10 units. They will likely be condominiums, considering each unit should average a little over 1,000 square feet. 4,936 square feet of retail space will occupy the first level with apartments above. Floors two through four will hold three apartments each, and the fifth floor will have a single residence with a private roof terrace. Amenities will include a bike storage room, a common roof deck, and balconies.
Construction is expected to wrap up in October this year (Taken 7.29 by CityRealty)
Signage posted on the construction site shows the anticipated completion date is October 2018 – a fairly quick turn around likely made possible because of its CLT construction, which uses prefabricated panels. Apart from a shorter construction timeline, the use of cross-laminated timber has many other benefits: wood is a renewable resource and is largely produced from timber grown in sustainably-managed forests, making it an eco-friendly alternative to steel and concrete, and it also goes hand-in-hand with Passive House standards due to its weather-tight panels.

Additionally, according to Urban Green, timber construction can mitigate climate change by improving a building’s total carbon storage by nearly 68 percent.
So why don't we see more of CLT buildings? Well, for one, building codes in NYC dictate they can’t exceed six stories. Manhattan's first planned timber skyscraper (10 stories) was scrapped after the developer, Sy Ghassemi, deemed it unfeasible due to the current code and a downturn in the luxury market. SHoP Architects was supposed to design the building, which would have risen at 475 West 18th Street.

And of course, there are also fears of creating a fire-prone building, despite proponents insisting CLT is a fire-resistant material. And its already popular in cities around the world like London, Canada, and Tokyo, where the world's tallest wooden skyscraper (1,148-feet-tall) is planned.

For now, we just have Flank Architecture + Development's in-progress CLT buildings along Wythe Avenue to look forward to, as well as Syndicate Architecture's 82 Ainslie Street. Houston House at 298 East 2nd Street was initially supposed to be NYC's first CLT Passive House, but it looks like that's no longer the case.
Content Specialist Sandra Herrera Sandra Herrera is a writer, editor, and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, NY.
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