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Ludlow Commons Opens

Ludlow Commons, Westhab’s eight-story, 71-unit affordable senior development, recently opened in southwest Yonkers.

Located in close proximity to the Ludlow Metro North Station, Ludlow Commons represents the best in senior housing—transit-oriented, energy efficient, deeply affordable, and rich with resident amenities.

Westhab developed Ludlow Commons along with general contractor Lasberg Construction Associates, and architect Magnusson Architecture and Planning. Westhab’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability is reflected in the fact that Ludlow Commons is pursuing the Gold-tier under the LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise rating system and certification under the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program. Steven Winter Associates provided consulting services for these programs.

Key Features of the project include:
  • Brownfield and infill redevelopment
  • Within 1/2 mile of a Metro North train station and within a one minute walk to three bus routes to promote the use of alternative forms of transportation
  • Within close range of community resources, including retail shops, parks, medical facilities, post office
  • Highly insulated exterior-walls, roof, and double-pane windows
  • White, high albedo roof to reflect heat
  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures
  • LED lighting in apartments and common areas
  • ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Condensing boiler and insulated hot water piping
  • Continuously operating kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans coupled with dedicated fresh air system facilitates a healthy indoor environment
  • Environmentally friendly materials, including marmoleum flooring, low VOC paints, primers, adhesives and sealants, locally sourced CMU and concrete plank
  • Thoroughly air-sealed apartments that cut down on the transmission odors and the loss of conditioned air
  • Integrated pest management strategies, such as sealing external cracks and joints in the building envelope and installing pest screens on mechanical penetrations
  • Non-smoking building policy to promote a healthy, cleaner indoor environment and to reduced fire hazard
  • Construction waste was sorted and recycled during the construction phase to help divert waste from landfills
  • Pre-occupancy building flush conducted after construction to promote healthy indoor air quality
  • Landscaping features that include naturally drought resistant plants, no conventional turf, and a drip irrigation system with rain sensors
  • Preferred parking for low emitting vehicles

Ludlow Commons is made possible through financing from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the City of Yonkers, and equity partner Raymond James with investor JPMorgan Chase.

LEED for Homes
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise rating system was created specifically for multifamily projects designed and built with green and energy efficiency measures.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has various programs to encourage the development of sustainable and energy efficient buildings. The Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) was created specifically to support multifamily residential builders and developers who construct to high energy-efficiency standards.

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