The Third Street Center is a 45,000 square-foot multi-tenant, mixed-use facility, models sustainability in its design and practice.
By providing long-term, affordable rental space, the Third Street Center brings together a diverse collection of over three dozen organizations, artists and small businesses under one - solar powered - roof. Originally opened in 1961 as the Carbondale Elementary school, this building was renovated, repurposed and reopened as The Third Street Center in June, 2010.
Financial support from state grants, foundations, private donors, and the community allowed us to open the doors on an innovative community asset that acts as a catalyst / incubator for community development, environmental awareness, artistic expression, social service, health and wellness, and inventive enterprise. As an independent, self-supporting community center and regional hub, we are supported by rental revenue, individual donors, and private grants.
The Center is currently 96% leased. The only unleased space is in the center of the building - the old school kitchen - which we are considering turning into a community kitchen / meeting space. All other tenants whose one-year leases were up for renewal this past year, exercised their option to renew.
Based on the 12 months ending December 2015, 100% of the building's electricity came from the rooftop solar panels. A solar thermal system newly installed in 2011 currently meets close to 100% of summer hot water needs. The Center continues to be one of the lowest energy cost office-type building tracked on the CLEER's Energy Navigator installed in the building's entrance compared with 80+ public facilities in Garfield County, including schools, courthouses, town halls, public works buildings, etc.