El Jardin de Seline at 779 Melrose Avenue (corner of East 158th Street) is now accepting applications for its 66 units. The building is a low to moderate income residence and according to the New York Real Estate Journal, El Jardin de Seline "will achieve a LEED Silver rating as well as being NYSERDA Energy Star certified and Enterprise Green Communities Compliant." These ratings and certifications will be achieved through such amenities as green roofs at setbacks, solar panels on the roof of the building and bamboo flooring to name a few.
Watching this building rise above Melrose was a treat since I could see it wasn't just a plain old building. A lot of care went into the design of the exterior including Art Deco motifs which as many of you know was a common style in The Bronx during the glory years which gave our borough one of the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the United States and the world. That being said, it is great to see such designs on mixed-income projects like Jardin de Seline and not just for upper-class residential buildings.