Designed by architect William McDonough, a pair of towers recently approved for downtown Chapel Hill will be the first mixed-use development to meet LEED Gold standards in North Carolina.
" 'It will set a new standard in this state,' said Larry Shirley, director of the N.C. State Energy Office. "Our dream is that ... there is not one but 1,000 projects like this across the state. 'We've looked at Chapel Hill to lead us forward when it comes to environmental sustainability,' said Shirley. "
The developer, Greenbridge Developments, also agreed to subsidize 15 of 99 condominium units to make them affordable for households earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year, as a condition of approval.