Sycamore Township trustee Tom Weidman has announced that trustees there are leading by example and would like to go green for new construction of township projects whenever possible—because it’s the right thing to do.

Weidman spoke at a recent ribbon-cutting for Kenwood Crossings II, a $5.5 million Neyer Properties medical office building located west of Kenwood and Galbraith Roads in Sycamore Township.

Weidman lauded Neyer Properties for incorporating many of the same sustainable design attributes used in its Keystone Parke and Red Bank Crossing II projects into the newly-completed Kenwood Crossings II office space.

“We think Neyer Properties has done a fantastic job of constructing this building and its development of green components, and we in turn are learning from that,” he said.

Weidman said the township is planning to build a green, LEED-certified firehouse with a geothermal heating and cooling system and PV solar panels. The goal is to make it energy efficient.

Weidman estimated Kenwood Crossings II will generate over $50,000 in property taxes to Sycamore Township per year, with more than $25,000 to the Deer Park School District.

“We decided last June that all of our new construction would be green,” said Dan Neyer, president of Neyer Properties. “It’s the right thing to do, people are happier and healthier in green buildings, and green construction saves energy, water, and money over time.”

“Dan shares our vision that Kenwood is a great place to live and play,” said Weidman. “We share his vision that it’s possible to build buildings that are healthy, attractive, good for the environment, and provide the highest long term value for taxpayer monies. Green is where we want to be in the future whenever feasible.”

Neyer Properties partnered with Sycamore Township to build Pine Road, a public access road connecting the project to Galbraith Road.

The project is located in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, so tax monies from the increase in property values there will be used for public improvement projects in that district.

Kenwood Crossings II is a 31,600 square foot, Class A medical office space. It is located at 8251 Pine Road, near Jewish Hospital and the Kenwood Towne Center.

Dr. Dan Buchanan of Kenwood Rehabilitation has taken 3,600 square feet of space, and a health care tenant will move into an additional 16,500 square feet in spring, 2009, increasing the building occupancy to 67 percent.

Kenwood Crossings I, 4608 East Galbraith Road, was completed in 2005 and is filled with medical office tenants.

Construction will begin on Kenwood Crossings III, a $7 million project consisting of 40,000 square feet of Class A medical office space, in mid 2009.

Neyer Properties is a leading real estate investment, land development and commercial development company in the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region. It is headquartered at the $100 million Keystone Parke in Evanston, the tri-state’s first LEED-certified Gold Class A office campus.