Posts Tagged ‘LEED’

Well Here It Is, Your Moment of Zen: A Nine-Minute Video Called “Rehabilitating the Presidio Officers’ Club – An Overview”

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Our Presidio Trust just posted a video to the YouTube about the OC being in rehab.

You people want history* in the Presidio? Well here, have some, via un film du Melissa Peabody:

“No place in the Presidio is more beloved than the historic Officers’ Club, located on the Main Post. Over the course 235 years, the building has played many roles. It served as offices and living quarters for the fort commander, as a post headquarters, as officers’ quarters, and as a social center for the Spanish, Mexican, and United States armies. With each new use the building has grown and evolved, like the Presidio itself.

Today, the oldest and most revered building in the Presidio (and one of the two oldest in San Francisco) is undergoing a comprehensive historic rehabilitation that will revive its original grandeur and restore it as a focal point for visitors and as a venue for cultural events.

This video provides an overview of the Officers’ Club history and plans for returning it to its place as the Presidio’s premiere social destination.

The Officers’ Club will reopen as a community and social hub housing the Presidio Heritage Center in 2013. The project is expected to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This film is by Melissa Peabody. Copyright 2012, Presidio Trust”

*As opposed to a modern art building or a lodge or a working movie theatre or anything else the richers of the Marina actively fight against…

Our California Academy of Sciences Goes Double Platinum – Largest Such LEED-Certified Building in the World

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The California Academy of Sciences just got another award – deets below.

Per Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy:

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago. However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.” 

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That’s right, baby – double platinum:

All the deets:

THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES RECEIVES SECOND LEED PLATINUM RATING FROM U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

Awarded for its sustainable operations and maintenance, the Academy is now the world’s largest “Double Platinum” building

SAN FRANCISCO – On September 27, 2008, the California Academy of Sciences unveiled the world’s greenest museum—an eco-friendly new home featuring a hilly living roof, recycled denim insulation, and many other green innovations. Three years and more than five million visitors later, the museum celebrates another symbolic color: platinum. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council presented the Academy with its second LEED Platinum award, making the California Academy of Sciences the world’s first “Double Platinum” museum and the world’s largest Double Platinum building. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Academy building houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs under one living roof, standing as an embodiment of its 158-year-old mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the Academy for its commitment to high levels of environmental performance, and for setting the example as a leader in the San Francisco green building community and around the world,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. “Their Double Platinum rating is truly a remarkable achievement for our City.”

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a voluntary, consensus-based standard for evaluating high-performance, sustainable buildings. By earning points across a variety of sustainability categories, buildings can earn a basic certification, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating. In October 2008, the Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating under the “New Construction” category, which focused on the building’s design and construction process. In August 2011, the Academy received its second LEED Platinum rating under the “Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance” category, which certifies that its day-to-day operations and business practices also meet the highest standards of sustainability.

The Academy’s operations and maintenance practices were evaluated and earned points across six different categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Based on a wide range of green practices and performance metrics, including transportation, purchasing decisions, and waste disposal, it was awarded a total of 82 points, exceeding the threshold for a Platinum certification (80 points).

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums and is an international leader in scientific research about the natural world. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Academy’s original home in Golden Gate Park, but also provided a silver lining: the opportunity to reinvent the facility from the ground up. After nearly a decade of planning and the largest cultural fundraising effort in San Francisco history, the new Academy opened to the public in 2008. This major new initiative built on the Academy’s distinguished history and deepened its commitment to advancing scientific literacy, engaging the public, and documenting and conserving Earth’s natural resources.

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago,” said Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy. “However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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SFO’s New Terminal Two Will Be “Sustainable?” Sign Up Now For the T2 Kick-Off on April 9th – Party With 11 Thin White People

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here are the bus ads around town these days.

See? Terminal 2 has arrived. April, 2011

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Now, is this something to get excited about?

Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.

But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:

(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)

As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.

Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.

All the deets:

Concessions Program

The airport expects its food and beverage tenants to provide sustainable food to the greatest extent possible.  Expectations include using:
  • organic, local products
  • organic or natural meats
  • rBST-free dairy products
  • cage-free antibiotic eggs
  • sustainable seafood
  • fairly traded organic coffee
  • non-modified agricultural products
  • no artificial color, flavor or additives
  • non-hydrogenated oils
  • biodegradable to-go containers and utensils
  • compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water
  • low- or no-phosphate detergents.

As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”

O.K. fine.

I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO  was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?

Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.

(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9′s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)

So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.

Meh.

Make that super-meh.

*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?

All the deets here and after the jump.

SFO: Ask about our recomposure zone!”**

**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)

Anyway:

“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

Ticket Information
TYPE ENDS QUANTITY
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out

The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.

The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2′s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.

12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission

Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.

FOR MORE DETAILS: flysfo.com/t2opening
Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,
Email: info@winslowevents.com

 

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A 20-Percent Reduction in Asking Prices at the Presidio Landmark Apartment Building? Rentals Now Listed in the Craigslist

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here’s what I asked for back in September, when the cheapest unit at the new Presidio Landmark apartments was $2200 (plus $150 parking fee), IIRC:

“No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.”

And here’s what we have in November:

$1800 Pristine Junior One Bedroom (laurel hts / presidio) [Or see below if this link has been taken down by now.]

I’m thinking that’s about a 20% reduction in asking prices, so that seems to be a good start.

I mean if you, unlike me, value “full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis” then this could be the Middle Richmond District / Presidio home for you.

The hot tub in the eastern courtyard:

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Or get a full one-bedroom for $1875.

All the deets:


Green living at its finest! Presidio Landmark is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified project. The project takes a step forward in environmentally friendly design and operation.

Located in Presidio National Park you have direct access to amazing outdoor spaces, trails, and ocean vistas. Whether your hiking, biking or just laying about, this location has something for all who enjoy nature and serenity. You also have easy access to Marin and Downtown San Francisco as well as the 101 and 280 freeways. Take the PresidiGo, a private shuttle bus that can take you to various locations around the city, way better than MUNI.

In addition to being environmentally friendly and convenient this project features full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis.
~ Concierge
~ Jacuzzi
~ Massage room
~ Fitness room
~ Yoga and Pilates room
~ Bike storage and shop (you can do your own bike maintenance)
~ Guest room availability
~ Courtyard with fire pit

This junior one bedroom features hardwood flooring and carpet. Brand new finishes anoint the entire unit. Radiant environmentally friendly heating is used in lieu of electric heaters. Its Green!

Multiple configurations are available.

Call, email or even text me (please add you name, and what you are texting about) to schedule a tour.
Alex Kaufman (415)699-5900

Location - Wedemeyer at 15th Ave , San Francisco, CA 94129

Rent: $1,800 Utils. Included: None
Bed / Bath: 0/1 Lease Term: 1 Year
Unit Type: Apartment Kitchen Type: Gourmet
Pets: N Stove: Electric
View: Park Flooring: Hardwood & Carpet
Outside Area: Patio Fireplace: No
Window Coverings: Blinds Laundry: In Unit
Parking: Yes Parking Fee: $150
Unit Amenities: Concierge, Spa, Fitness Center, Bike Shop & More!

The Belles Townhomes are Now Available – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Well actually, just two of the seven units that make up the Presidio’s new Belles Townhomes are available right now, but you’re only going to need one (most likely) and they’re all pretty much the same. (Except for the westernmost unit – that one might be ever so slightly different.)

[UPDATE: The western- and eastern-most units are a little different than the five in the middle - the ones on the ends have more windows and the westernmost unit lacks a deck, which is a bummer but oh well. The ones available now are middle units.]

So have at it, deets below.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

All the deets:

“Forest City Raises the Bar in Sustainable Living With Unveiling of Belles Townhomes in Presidio

Distinctive Townhomes are First in San Francisco to Achieve Multifamily LEED Platinum Certification

Two of Seven Apartments Now Available Feature Prototype Energy Saving Dashboard, Solar Power, and Panoramic Roof Decks in a National Park

San Francisco – Forest City Development is setting a new standard in sustainable living with the unveiling of Belles Townhomesin the Presidio of San Francisco. Belles Townhomes are the only newly constructed residential building in the Presidio and the first multi-family residential building in San Francisco to achieve the Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

“Green building and green technology dominate this design and allow residents to stay connected to the Presidio’s natural setting and live with less environmental impact,” said Alexa Arena, vice president of Forest City-San Francisco.

The first two of the seven attached three-story three-bedroom contemporary townhomes are now available to lease. Each has a patio at ground level overlooking the green, a terrace at the main living level off the living room, a panoramic roof deck, a garage and private entrances from the street totaling 2,100 square feet of modern living space.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Introducing the Belles Townhomes – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

So maybe you want to move into the Presidio but you don’t like all the old construction. Well, now’s your chance, cause the new Belles Townhomes from Forest City in the Public Health Service District are the only new construction resdences you’ll find in the Presidio.

These units are well fitted out, to a higher level than what you’ll find at the more suburban Wyman residences to the west and the more youthful (and also more empty-nester, I’d guess) Landmark Apartments to the east. The pricing still hasn’t been set, AFAIK, but it’s likely to be stratospheric what with the engaged living and all.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

Resolved: The Presidio Landmark Apartments Should Lower Rents by 20 Percent. Anyway, Big Green Party Tomorrow

Friday, September 24th, 2010

No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.

Nay, demanding.

You don’t want the Landmark to turn into the Overlook, right?

So many empty hallways…

Anyway, as promised, there’s a big party tomorrow up in that whole Public Health Service District (PHSD) just north of Lake Street. All the deets are below.

(Now, don’t even think about trying to drive your fly hoopty onto the grounds of the PHSD for the big shingdig. Again, deets below.)

“FROM MARINE HOSPITAL TO PRESIDIO’S 1ST GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD – OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES RE-BIRTH OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE DISTRICT

Presidio of San Francisco (September 23, 2010) – The Presidio’s historic Public Health Service District (PHSD),established more than a century ago to provide care to mariners from around the world, has been rehabilitated as a welcoming new gateway to the Presidio. It now features residences, cultural and educational organizations and public trails that link the Presidio’s natural, historic and recreational attractions. The Presidio Trust, along with its development partner Forest City, is celebrating the re-birth of this corner of the park with a “Green” Grand Opening Saturday, September 25 from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors to the open house will be among the first to visit the Presidio’s first green neighborhoodand explore places long hidden from public view.  They will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of newly rehabilitated buildings and landscapes around the district; explore an EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and products; enjoy local food, art, and live music; and participate in kid-friendly activities courtesy of the Presidio YMCA. 

It goes on and on, see you after the jump

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UC Regents Approve UCSF Mission Bay Med Center – Helipad-Equipped Hospital Coming in 2014

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Oh it’s on. The fundraising campaign to get the Medical Center at Mission Bay off the ground is going well enough, so the University of California Board of Regents just gave the go-ahead for the project. The next step will be the groundbreaking ceremony. 

(And oh, what’s the LEED rating? It’s Gold, baby. And oh, we’ve got choppers - a helipad is baked into the cake. Moving on…)

Putting cancer /women’s  / children’s medicine in Mission Bay will free-up UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights to do other things. It will:

“…transition into focusing on high-end adult surgical and medical services, including emergency medicine.”

(So you Inner Sunset / Cole Valley NIMBYs now have been warned. Let’s hope the increase in wailing sirens won’t disturb your lives too much…) 

Anyway, turn up your speakers waaaaay loud (you’ll soon discover why) to see this short video from UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann and UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret, if you want. 

And here’s the Mission Bay renderporn. Radar O’Reilly can already hear the choppers: 

 

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Here’s what the 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital might look like. For the record, the naming rights went for $100,000,000: 

 

You can see it on the right here: 

 

Bon Courage, UCSF! 

All the deets: 

The University of California Board of Regents today unanimously approved funding plans for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. The board’s action is the final endorsement for the project, clearing the way for UCSF to break ground on a world-class hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients in the Mission Bay neighborhood, south of downtown San Francisco.  

“The Regents’ approval is a major milestone for UCSF and for our family of supporters throughout the community,” said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann. “It is hard to overstate the importance of the new medical center at Mission Bay, which will reinforce UCSF and the entire Bay Area as a hub of innovation, biotechnology and premier health care.”  

After nearly a decade of planning, site preparations are underway on the 14.5-acre parcel of land. Construction of the 878,000-gross-square-foot hospital complex will begin on schedule in December 2010, shortly after required state permits are expected to be issued. Upon completion in 2014, the 289-bed facility will set a new standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.  

“Ten years ago, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay was a dream, but we are now ready to break ground and bring this vision to reality,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “The greatest legacy of the Regents’ decision to approve this new medical center will be the thousands of patient lives that are saved or improved because of the cutting-edge medical care that will be provided in these facilities.”  

Ever more deets, after the jump 

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Gold! Gold in Oakland! Shorenstein’s 555 12th Street is now LEED Gold Certified

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Gold! I love goooold! So you can imagine how I felt upon learning that 555 12th Street in Oakland City Center is the “first building in the Shorenstein Properties’ commercial real estate portfolio to be LEED Gold certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) program.”

Next stop: Platinum, baby. Maybe someday….

Here it is, deets below:

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Shorenstein Properties’ 555 12th Street Building in Oakland City Center Receives LEED(R) Gold Certification

First Shorenstein Asset to Earn Coveted Green Status http://www.oaklandcitycenter.com http://www.shorenstein.com http://www.greenbuild.com

OAKLAND, Calif., November 13 /PRNewswire/ — Shorenstein-owned 555 12th Street in Oakland City Center is the first building in the company’s commercial real estate portfolio to be LEED Gold certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) program. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building employs strategies aimed at improving performance in: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.   The LEED EBOM certification of 555 12th Street comes some seven years after it opened in 2002.

“This is a major accomplishment,” said John Dolby, Shorenstein vice president and leasing manager at Oakland City Center. “We are very proud of Property Manager Diana Hernandez, Chief Engineer Mike Berry, and the entire 555 12th Street staff for their persistent efforts over the past 18 months.” He added, “We also recognize the importance of the participation of the building’s tenants.  Their cooperative spirit was a big factor in achieving the certification.”

The green building consulting firm of Simon & Associates coordinated the LEED certification process for the building. According to Raphael Sperry, AIA, LEED AP, the initial assessment was conducted in late spring of 2008 and work began in earnest in August 2008.  The building was officially designated as LEED Gold on October 31, 2009.

They go on and on - see you after the jump

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NorCal Waste Systems is Now Known as Recology. Open House at Gold LEED Building

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

NorCal Waste Systems, the people behind Sunset Scavenger and many other concerns, held an open house last night at the 487-foot tall 50 California Building to celebrate its recent name change to Recology. Per the Chronicle:

“‘Our industry is no longer about waste management, it is about waste zero,’ says CEO Mike Sangiacomo. ‘Our new name will help move us away from the mentality of disposal to a mandate to use less of what we have and get more from what we use.’ Sangiacomo also said the company will be launching new services and products, and seek to extend its reach beyond California.”

Here’s the view from Mr. Sangiacomo’s 24th floor office at Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-rated 50 Cal.

What do you think of the new name? A change was needed as NorCal Waste has been stretching out beyond northern California into Oregon and beyond. The word Recology sounds perfectly cromulent to me, anyway.

LEED-certified M&Ms:

So far, the reaction is Two Thumbs Up. And whose idea was it? Per Adam Alberti:

“The team was assembled and managed by my agency, San Francisco based Singer Associates and includes Brainchild Creative (Jef Loeb) as the creative director and Sandstrom Partners(Steve Sandstrom) as the art director. We are all very excited for the assignment and the work is reflective of Recology’s mission.”

So there you have it. Oh yes, the way to get a green compost bin is to call (415) 330-1300, apparently. But you multi-unit renters might need to go through the landlord.

All the deets, after the jump

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