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888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NYC

500 apartments (including 100 middle income units), Bright Horizons childcare center, exhibition gallery, public ecological park, tennis courts, below-grade parking with green roof and swimming pool.

$115 Million

650,000 square feet

Multi Employer Property Trust (MEPT), Historic Tax Credit and New York State Green Building Tax Credit Equity, NYSERDA Green Building and Fuel Cell Grants

Construction commenced Fall 2004; completed and fully leased Fall 2006.

Developer, planner and architect

Certified historic rehabilitation of the remains of the former New York City Pauper Lunatic Asylum, originally designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, with construction of two new residential wings and development of a two-acre public park. Views of both channels of the East River and Manhattan skyline.

LEED Silver. Includes the second fuel cell in an apartment building in the world and a 50kw array of solar panels. 35% more energy efficient than energy code requirements. Recycled and local construction materials and finishes. In addition, the building meets strict indoor air quality standards. The Octagon received the largest initial award of New York State Green Building Tax Credits and was recognized in the first New York City Green Buildings Competition with the "Green Apple Award" for leadership in applying sustainable design principles to residential development.

Lucy Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy; NY Green Apple Award; Open House New York 2005-2008; Preservation Grant from New York State Office for Historic Preservation.