6. Arbor House, South Bronx
Besides the Morrisania Homes, Blue Sea Development Company has built several green affordable apartment buildings across the South Bronx chock full of sustainable features. For example, Arbor House, an 8-story building with 124 low-income units, includes not only the typical green features but has a 10,000-square-foot rooftop hydroponic farm. Located at 770 E. 166th Street, the building opened in 2013.
Blue Sea has also been a leader in adding Active Design elements into its buildings, to encourage healthy lifestyles to go with the green architecture. At Arbor House this includes attractive design to encourage use of stairs, provision of fitness facilities, and a smoke-free building policy.
The LEED Platinum building, designed by ABS Architects and Danois Architects, also incorporated aesthetic touches such as artistic window grilles to complement the arboreal theme.