The Bronx River Alliance is getting some new green digs right along the Bronx River Greenway it defends. The Kiss + Cathcart Architects-designed River House will include office space, a nature classroom, boat storage and a multi-purpose community room. The 6,325-square-foot facility will be situated on the waterfront in Starlight Park, north of Hunts Point.
“It’s very exciting to know that we will be able to be located right on the Bronx River, right along the heart of the Bronx River Greenway,” Linda Cox, the group’s executive director, said to the NY Daily News. “It’s one more way for [the community] to connect with the work we’re doing on the river.”
Currently, the non-profit operates out of space borrowed from the Department of Parks & Recreation‘s Bronx offices. The new building will give the organization much-needed space, and will be heated and cooled by a geothermal system, powered with solar panels, and covered with a blanket of shading greenery. Rainwater will also be collected on the premises to help flush toilets, feed the vines, and wash canoes.
Most of the $15 million project has already been paid off by the Parks Department and a $500,000 contribution from the state. Officials expect to break ground this spring, and construction should be completed by late 2016.
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