UPDATED: Midtown Commons won the Redevelopment category!
Midtown Commons at Crestview Station is one of eight finalists of the 2010 Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Awards.
The winners will be announced today at ECT’s annual awards luncheon. I’ll be tweeting via @CapMetroRail from the event should Midtown Commons win all the marbles.
Midtown Commons is a mixed use, transit oriented development, with several styles/sizes of apartments, including live-work units, and then retail space on the ground floor. If you live at Midtown Commons, you can basically walk out your front door and board MetroBus or MetroRail.
Besides the seamless incorporation of transit into the development’s design, Midtown Commons is notable for its other sustainable design elements. Midtown achieved a three star rating from Energy Star. Some of the energy efficiency components include using recycled construction materials, a central building recycling center, reusing water for landscaping and installing double pane windows, efficient cooling systems and Energy Star appliances.
Low-flow toilets, motion sensor sinks, high efficiency dishwashers, clothes washers, and cooling towers will reduce the demand on potable water. Green roofs also support energy efficiency by reducing the heat island effect while capturing stormwater that can be reused for irrigation purposes.
When you think about the fact that that key site, right there at the intersection of Lamar and Airport, used to be a dormant chemical research facility, it is pretty amazing what is now available to our community. Prior to developing it, the whole 73 acres had to be extensively tested and treated for environmental issues. The developers spent two years fully remediating the site, and their work was commended by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Midtown Commons deserves the award, and I hope they get it! (And I hope to see you at the luncheon today, too.)
About the awards: The Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Awards honors the innovative people, projects and processes that are helping to preserve and enhance our region’s quality of life, natural resources and economic vitality.