Solar powered development comes to Park Slope

April 05, 2012 09:30AM

For once, Park Slope residents aren’t complaining about a high-tech, glass-enclosed residential building slated to rise in their neighborhood, the Brooklyn Paper reported, because it’s planned to be completely powered by sun and wind energy.

The four-story building will begin rising this summer at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street. It’s slated to include six rental apartments, ranging from $1,600 to $2,600 in rent, above a ground-floor bar, lounge and restaurant. The project is being undertaken by Voltaic Soltaire, a Brooklyn-based firm that also worked on a Carroll Gardens residential building, called the Delta at Hamilton Avenue and Ninth Street, comprised of recycled materials.

Neighbors have been receptive to the idea. “I wouldn’t want to see a house full of solar collectors in the middle of 19th century brownstones — But Fifth Avenue Could Be A Place that integrates old and new,” said Peter Bray, who has advocated for a Park Slope landmark district. [Brooklyn Paper]