Believe it. This Project is in New York City

Saltmeadow is a new rental beachfront community of townhouses in Far Rockaway, Queens. Designed by CetraRuddy architects and developed by JDS Development Group, the new development includes 60 residences in four clusters of two-family townhouses. Bound by Beach 5th and Beach 6th Streets between Reynolds Channel and Seagirt Boulevard, the ground-floor façades of the townhouses are clad in a stone base of quartzite and sedimentary rock, echoing the jetties along the shoreline of Rockaway. Locally-quarried bluestone slabs are used in accent trims and the entry stairs. Accent walls of beveled Western red cedar planks and weathered zinc light fixtures provide additional warmth at the townhouse entries. Taking advantage of its waterfront location, all homes have outdoor space and windows oriented to maximize water views. Set within the flood zone affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the project was designed to withstand flooding and allows residents to rebound from future extreme events. All habitable spaces and electrical closets are built above the base flood elevation, while ground floors are laid out as storage, garage and unfinished areas. In addition, the design features flood vents, permanent openings that allow water to pass into or out of a building’s exterior foundation walls. Other sustainable features include white roofs, permeable pavers to reduce runoff, and storm planters that capture roof runoff and filter it before releasing it back into the soil.

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