JERSEY CITY-Hoboken Brownstone Co. principals George Vallone and Daniel Gans plan to transform the seven-acre brownfield site into a sustainable mixed-use community of more than 400 homes and 7,500 square feet of retail space.

The project, located on the site of the former Van Leer Chocolate Factory at 110 Hoboken Ave. here, will utilize energy-efficient technologies in the design. These include mass wall construction, which creates an insulated and low air infiltration building enclosure capable of thermal storage, a balanced ventilation system with energy recovery capabilities and alternative energy sources such as solar hot water and a geothermal test well. When all three elements are integrated, they can produce buildings capable of 50% to 90% energy savings when compared to standard buildings, according to the developer.

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