Link: Brooklyn?s LEED-Gold Toren Inks Green Supermarket as Anchor Retail Tenant | greenbuildingsNYC
No sense in ducking it: gbNYC is on record as fans of Brooklyn?s Toren, and it?s fairly easy to see why. Beyond the fact that gbNYC is admittedly something of a soft touch when it comes to super-green residential buildings, Toren just straight-up looks cool, even if the towering, futuristic Skidmore Owings & Merrill design is an exquisitely stylish sore thumb in the otherwise gritty-unto-grubby architectural environs of downtown Brooklyn. That Toren is both financially healthy ? thus the FHA approval that occasioned our previous post on the subject ? and green enough to pull down LEED Gold honors is impressive on its own. That it has managed to land an upscale retail tenant for its ground-floor retail space, in its odd way, might be more impressive. Even in the midst of this apparent discovery, there are plenty of luxury condominiums in Manhattan and Brooklyn with big, empty, skate park-looking spaces where a macro-retailer was supposed to be. Toren, despite passing the 50-percent-sold tipping point a couple months ago, was stuck with one of those echoing retail spaces until recently, but Crain?s reports that an as-yet-unnamed ?eco-friendly? (let?s do something about that term, everyone) supermarket has inked a deal for the 11,000-square-foot retail space on Toren?s ground floor. It is, astonishingly, the first supermarket in downtown Brooklyn. Which I guess means that Buffalo Wild Wings doesn?t count as a supermarket? Because that actually totally makes sense, now that I think of it.