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Switching to gas puts Acropolis residents ahead of the storm.

As New York was slammed by a winter blizzard, residents of Acropolis Gardens in Asotria, Queens, were tucked up and fully prepared with a new natural gas heating system.

Beginning in December, the 671-unit Astoria property began a transition from oil-driven heat to a much cleaner natural gas for use in its complex.

Brandon Osman, managing agent of Acropolis Gardens, and vice president of corporate development of Metropolitan Pacific Properties started the project for a number of reasons.

"We are always looking for ways to enhance the lives of our shareholders who live in Acropolis Gardens," said Osman.

"Through our clean heat initiative, we could do our part for green energy that will benefit the entire community of Astoria, as well as cut back on costs, ultimately bringing great benefits to our tenants not only during the winter months, but throughout the year."

Osman said that by making the switch to natural gas, it will ensure a much more seamless heating operation.

"Many buildings in Astoria were built in the early 1900's," he explained.

"These oil driven heating systems are can be challenging to maintain and require occasional repairs.

"Natural gas systems, in addition to their environmentally friendly delivery of heat, require a minimal amount of servicing."

In addition to all of the positive effects of greener heat delivery, Acropolis Gardens made the move to natural gas to help keep shareholders costs down.

As a responsible property manager, Osman understands how crucial this is to the resident.

"Making the conversion to natural gas is obviously much cleaner, but it also costs about 50 percent less than conventional oil (in recent years)," Osman said.

"In a property the size of Acropolis Gardens, this can hold fuel costs down by $500,000-$700,000 per year.

"This assures our shareholders that carrying charges will not skyrocket in the future, while freeing up capital to undertake other repairs and projects that will continue to make Acropolis Gardens a wonderful place to live."

In May 2014, the Acropolis Gardens Management Company, Metropolitan Pacific Properties was recognized by NYC Clean Heat (a Property Manager Recognition Program) for their commitment to converting to cleaner heating fuel for its properties, including the Acropolis Gardens.

This recognition not only serves their major commitment to clean air and a more pollution free environment but also gives their tenants a less stress free lifestyle.

Acropolis Gardens is located at 21-77 33rd Street in the heart of Astoria, Queens.

With 617 units, the property offers one and two bedroom units located near shopping, restaurants, schools and transportation, making it highly desirable for families and individuals alike.

Metropolitan Pacific Properties is an industry leading property management company that manages properties from 50-1,000+ units.

They manage residential, commercial and institutional properties. They also manage United Nations Missions and Consulates.

The property managers have more than three decades of experience in the property management field.

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Title Annotation:Acropolis Gardens
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jan 28, 2015
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