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Chicago Senior Building Undergoes Retrofit

An outdated residential building once home to seniors is reopening as a modern, energy-efficient and affordable piece of Chicago real estate that seniors can once again call home.

The Ralph J. Pomeroy Apartments on Chicago’s North Side were built in 1992. The Chicago Housing Authority purchased the building in 2006 and closed it down for remodeling.

On November 8, 2011, the residential community will reopen with environmentally friendly improvements and more than 100 units of public housing for Chicago’s senior residents.

Some of those green upgrades include:

*Geothermal system

*Solar thermal panels

*Green roof

*Roof and courtyard terraces

This building is now a candidate for green certification.

To read more about these energy-efficient upgrades, check out our story:

Senior Residence to Reopen Green and Modern

And then check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum to learn about more green improvements happening to our real estate.

Ground Broken on Green Chicago Residential Tower

The Chicago real estate industry is getting a new high-rise that will fill two popular needs in the city right now: Green building and rental opportunities.

With homeownership at historic lows, many residents in Chicago and around the nation are turning to rental properties for living quarters.

Developer AMLI Residential broke ground last week on a luxury 50-story apartment tower in downtown Chicago that will be built for LEED Gold Designation and designed as part of Chicago’s Green Permit Process.

The high-end AMLI development will include lots of luxurious features, including a pool, fitness center, theatre room and in-unit floor-to-ceiling windows that provide natural night and beautiful city views.

The building will also include a no-smoking policy in which offenders found lighting up anywhere on the property, including in units, will have to send $250 to the American Lung Association.

Want to find out more about this pet-friendly residential tower, including its green features and expected completion date? Check out our story:

Construction Commences on Chicago Luxury Tower

and then check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum for updates on this exciting project.

Green Chicago Rental Nabs Prestigious Award

A new Chicago real estate tower has been named “High-Rise of the Year” by Multifamily Executive Magazine.

EnV, one of the first LEED-certified apartment buildings in Chicago, is a 249-unit luxury rental property that was designed by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.

The building was honored with the 2011 MFE Award for its green design.

The 29-story, mixed-use tower was completed last year with environmentally friendly features, including:

*A green roof made of sedum, which lowers energy costs.

*Energy Star appliances in all units

*Outdoor landscaping that requires no irrigation

*Onsite service to Zipcar and bike storage

There is also a multitude of amenities at this modern property, which is located across the street from Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart. Want to see more? Check out our story:

Chicago Real Estate to be EnVied

Help the Planet Move Into a Greener Direction

Saturday, September 24 is Moving Planet Day. What will be your mode of moving?

Moving Planet is a day in which the entire world is asked to make a call for climate action and move beyond fossil fuels.

On that day, people are urged to bike, skate, march, run or walk to send out the message that our climate needs help.

There will be groups moving around national capitals, state houses and city halls, and others hosting their own Moving Planet Day events.

One such organization will be taking participants on a bike tour of metro Chicago real estate that promotes sustainability to the neighborhoods of suburban Oak Park.

You might know that Oak Park, Illinois, was the city in which the greatest architect of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright, spent the first 20 years of his career.

But did you know that the term “organic architecture” — the practice of building a structure to unite seamlessly with the nature around it — is a term that was coined by Wright? The practice is widely used in green building today.

While Wright’s Oak Park home and studio are not on Saturday’s tour, the event is sure to inspire all homeowners to add green initiatives to their own abodes.

To learn more about the Oak Park bike tour or Moving Planet Day, please check out our story at ChicagolandRealEstateForum.com.

Happy moving!

Chicago Multifamily High-Rise First to Earn Green

A Chicago real estate apartment building has earned the city’s first multifamily LEED EB Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

One East Delaware (OED), which is located right off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s premier Gold Coast neighborhood, becomes the third largest community in the country to earn the certification.

Owned by Waterton Residential, OED is a Chicago high-rise that features studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom residences for rent.

The units are filled with energy-efficient additions, including floor-to-ceiling windows, which not only offer natural sunlight but also provide fantastic views of Chicago.

This building received the certification by meeting standards established by the USBGC.

Want to find out more about those standards and all that this multifamily green building has to offer? Want to get a glimpse of the fabulous view?

Check out our story:

Multifamily Chicago Real Estate First to Earn Green