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Weccacoe Flats in Queen Village will have plenty of environment-friendly amenities But they’re not skimping on plush extras — or the elevators
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The luxurious o entice the environmentalists, Weccacoe Flats in Queen Village will include a long list of green features, from hybrid water heaters to dual flush toilets. For the decadent, the three-story building will have an elevator that opens directly into each full-floor unit. “Sure, you can say ‘how green is an elevator in a threestory structure’? But from a sales standpoint, it’s just not as spectacular if you have to walk up the stairs,” says developer Scott Seibert. Seibert and his brother, G.C. Seibert, do have some green cred. Their first multifamily project, Bancroft Green in Grad Hospital, snagged a NAHB’s Modular Home Green Building
“Once you start building, you can’t really change anything without throwing a monkey wrench into the whole mix.” SEIBERT ON MODULAR HOMES
award and, like Weccacoe Flats, was designed by green architect firm Re:Vision. Weccacoe (a Lenni Lenape word pronounced “wheh-kako,” Seibert says) is modular, too: The units will be built indoors, then transported out to the site at Fifth and Queen streets and assembled. Modular construction is typ-
ically much faster because multiple elements of the building can be created simultaneously — all while the site itself is being prepped. The catch is there’s no room for last-minute tweaks. “Once you start building, you can’t really change anything without throwing a monkey wrench into the whole mix,” Seibert says. That means early Weccacoe buyers will have some say in fixtures and finishes; if you buy later, you’ll have to take it as is. Of course, with 2,000 square feet, Bosch appliances and bamboo floors, “as is” isn’t looking so bad. RACHEL VIGODA firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Feb 29, 2012
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