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1047 Commonwealth Ave. is the first all micro-unit building in Boston. The building is currently under lease by BU as a dorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
We talk about the Massachusetts housing crunch a lot. And we've had a parade of economists on who say that the only long term solution to bringing high housing costs under control is to build more! And some of those housing experts say that some of those new units should be micro units — those around just 350 square feet.
Winning the Gold: New Condo First to Achieve LEED Gold Certification in Boston The Lancaster by Urban Spaces Earns National Honor
“We are honored to receive the LEED Gold Certification for The Lancaster,” said Paul Ognibene, the founder and CEO of Urban Spaces. “The Lancaster has been a labor of love for us. And now to know that The Lancaster is the very first condominium in Boston to receive the Gold designation makes this project even more special for all of us who worked on it.”
“The Lancaster’s LEED Gold Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair of the USGBC, in prepared remarks. Taza Vercruysse, project manager at CLEAResult, the consulting and verification services firm and LEED Green Rater for the project, added, “Urban Spaces has built a resource-efficient multi-family building that reduced waste during construction, maximizes performance, conserves energy, and is easy on the environment due to such features as its close proximity to public transportation.”
The Lancaster, a 55-unit condominium complex located at 1501 Commonwealth Ave. developed by Cambridge-based Urban Spaces, has been certified LEED Gold — the first time a condo project in Boston has achieved the gold level of green-building certification, according to the developer. Urban Spaces is a Cambridge-based real estate company that develops mid-size residential and commercial projects. “We are honored to receive the LEED Gold Certification for The Lancaster,” said Paul Ognibene, the founder and CEO of Urban Spaces, in a statement. “The Lancaster has been a labor of love for us. And now to know that The Lancaster is the very first condominium in Boston to receive the Gold designation makes this project even more special for all of us who worked on it.”
The structure has been designed in the English Jacobean style and replicates the best of Commonwealth Avenue’s historic architecture and blends into the overall Boston neighborhood context. The building features five stories of residential condominiums above a heated parking garage that accommodates 55 vehicles and bicycle storage.