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Belknap Place Apartments to be a green building; better for residents and environment

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Lesley Gottschalk
Marketing Director
PK Companies
1784 Hamilton Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864
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Belknap Place Apartments to be a green building; better for residents and environment

New apartment complex in Belknap Lookout neighborhood to earn LEED certification

Grand Rapids, MI – June 16, 2022 –The construction of a $12 million, 50-unit apartment complex in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood is underway. Belknap Place, set to open this fall, is considered an important project as it will bring both needed and desired affordable housing to the area. The development will be LEED certified, utilizing a worldwide green building rating system. This development is a partnership of PK Companies (PK), Third Coast Development, and Grand Valley State University. The city of Grand Rapids, the Neighbors of Belknap Lookout association, and others have supported the project.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, LEED offers a framework for green buildings in terms of health, efficiency, carbon emissions, and cost-savings. LEED certification is available to a variety of construction projects, including new construction and existing buildings, from schools to multi-family homes. The criteria for housing evaluates the community’s ability to incorporate the right materials, maximize human comfort, achieve higher air quality indoors, reduce energy and emissions, involve practices that can improve the health of residents, improve social equity, and achieve the requirements in terms of resilience to local climate hazards and other natural and unnatural disturbances.

Belknap Place will achieve LEED certification by including sustainability features related to location, transportation, sustainable sites (including construction pollution prevention, pest control, rainwater management), water efficiency, energy and atmosphere (including lighting, windows, air filtration), materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priorities.

“The LEED certification program criteria focuses on the health and well-being of the residents making it a natural fit in alignment with PK’s guiding principles,” said PK Development Associate, Sam Schultz. “As proud long-term owners of the communities that we build, PK remains committed to environmental sustainability and creating positive outcomes for the surrounding community.”

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About PK Companies – PK Companies (“PK”) is a family-owned group of real-estate companies based in Okemos, Michigan. PK began as a property management firm but has grown to include a construction company and development group. They currently represent communities in California, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. PK is committed to creating partnerships that provide housing solutions to better fulfill the needs of our communities. They strive to add value to the areas we serve and enrich the lives of our residents. Through our comprehensive strategy, we purchase, develop and manage properties that offer opportunities for creative housing solutions. 

About Belknap Place Apartments – Belknap Place Apartments is a brand new 3-story 50-unit apartment building being constructed in the historic Belknap Lookout neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eleven floor plans will be available. Each unit will have its own washer and dryer and energy-efficient appliances. The building will achieve LEED certification, making your apartment home healthier for residents and better for the environment.