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Main Street Village Apartments / Fremont, Calif.

Main Street Village Apartments / Fremont, Calif.

  • Main Street Village Apartments exemplifies sustainability by transforming a vacant lot into a densely planned mixed-use and transit-oriented development.

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    Main Street Village Apartments exemplifies sustainability by transforming a vacant lot into a densely planned mixed-use and transit-oriented development.

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    Adrian Schulz

    Main Street Village Apartments exemplifies sustainability by transforming a vacant lot into a densely planned mixed-use and transit-oriented development.

  • An underground parking garage maximizes above-ground open space.

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    An underground parking garage maximizes above-ground open space.

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    Frank Domin

    An underground parking garage maximizes above-ground open space.

  • The building siting takes advantage of the southern exposure of the Main Street frontage with plenty of windows and balconies.

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    The building siting takes advantage of the southern exposure of the Main Street frontage with plenty of windows and balconies.

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    Frank Domin

    The building siting takes advantage of the southern exposure of the Main Street frontage with plenty of windows and balconies.

  • Site circulation was planned to allow emergency vehicle access but to keep cars from driving through the site, which gives residents maximum use of the outdoor area between the two buildings.

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    Site circulation was planned to allow emergency vehicle access but to keep cars from driving through the site, which gives residents maximum use of the outdoor area between the two buildings.

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    Craig Cozart

    Site circulation was planned to allow emergency vehicle access but to keep cars from driving through the site, which gives residents maximum use of the outdoor area between the two buildings.

  • A PV system provides electricity for the common areas.

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    A PV system provides electricity for the common areas.

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    Craig Cozart

    A PV system provides electricity for the common areas.

  • A high-efficiency irrigation system with a weather-based controller is used for the drought-tolerant landscaping.

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    A high-efficiency irrigation system with a weather-based controller is used for the drought-tolerant landscaping.

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    Adrian Schulz

    A high-efficiency irrigation system with a weather-based controller is used for the drought-tolerant landscaping.

  • The playground includes a play structure and rubberized play tiles with recycled content.

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    The playground includes a play structure and rubberized play tiles with recycled content.

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    Craig Cozart

    The playground includes a play structure and rubberized play tiles with recycled content.

 

This Bay Area transit-oriented development received high marks from the jury for its energy efficiency, design, and for the low-income population it serves—including those who have been homeless or have faced mental health challenges. Main Street Village’s proximity to transit led the city to approve a parking reduction; 53 of 59 on-site parking spaces are underground, reducing the heat island effect and allowing more space on the site to be devoted to landscaping and outdoor areas for the residents.

Siting takes advantage of the southern exposure with plentiful windows and balconies, shaded to provide maximum solar gain in the winter and minimize solar gain in the summer. Heating in each of the 64 units is provided by a highly efficient on-demand boiler for both domestic hot water and radiant heat in the units. In addition, a 73.3-kW PV system on one building and a 33.6-kW system on the other provide electricity for the common areas, and a solar water pre-heat system provides hot water for a common laundry room.