|PTAC grilles have been the least of the issues at 461 Dean|
PTACs have a bad rep. As Gothamist's Dan Nosowitz put it recently, "These Hideous Built-In Air Conditioners Are Spreading Across NYC Like A Virus." (Actually, the unit also includes a heater.) He wrote:
...they're typically long, low-slung boxes in appealingly nothing shades of beige and white, with a few dials on top, that fit snug against a wall. They're common throughout the country in hotels and motels, because they allow for the temperature of an individual room to be precisely controlled.They're common in New York City, and thus often--though not necessarily--result in unsightly grilles in the exterior. I can't say the examples in the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park seem particularly glaring, so unless they don't function well perhaps they'll escape scorn.
|A PTAC at 461 Dean, from video|
With PTACs, the metal sucks heat in the summer and absorbs apartment heat in the winter. And veteran real estate broker David Maundrell says some break down in ten years; a maintenance expert consulted by Gothamist says they can last far longer, if tended properly.
case study on 461 Dean from the consultant Arup, confirms that they're using PTACs.
PTACs can be very costly for tenants, if they pay for heat, but the notice for the affordable housing lottery indicated that the rent includes does electric for heating.
The 100% affordable 535 Carlton tower, as an Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update indicated in April, was undergoing the installation of PTAC gas piping.
The 535 Carlton web site seems to show--maybe it's the angle--the PTAC protruding only modestly into the apartment. See image below. No finished photos have yet emerged.
There's been no mention of PTACs regarding the 550 Vanderbilt condo building, which likely has a more sophisticated HVAC system.
But PTACs likely will be used in the 38 Sixth Avenue 100% affordable building, since it's being built along with 535 Carlton.
Below, a look at some building exteriors