Whistler Crossing Achieves a LEED ND First in Illinois
Riverdale, Ill., Feb. 9, 2010 – Whistler Crossing, a mixed-use, mixed-income and historic rehabilitation development, became the first project in Illinois to achieve Certified status under the Stage 3 category of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria. Designed by Farr Associates and developed, owned and managed by Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, Whistler Crossing is one of 239 pilot projects under the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating criteria, a first-ever rating system aimed at quantifying sustainability at the neighborhood scale. Stage 3 certification is awarded to projects that are fully constructed, whereas Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects remain in planning stages.
Whistler Crossing represents much needed new development in Riverdale, a near south side suburb of Chicago. The rehabilitation of historic town homes and two new mixed-use buildings create a community focal point in a walkable neighborhood; a feature for which the project racked up points. The 10-acre project is considered a preferred location, built on a previously developed site with close proximity to jobs and schools far in excess of certification minimum requirements.
The ground floors of the mixed-use buildings provide neighborhood-enhancing retail space in addition to tenant support services, management offices and community rooms. The buildings meet IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) affordable housing energy efficiency standards. Energy saving strategies include the use of a domestic solar hot water heating, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient fixtures and highly insulated and sealed building envelopes. Promoting alternatives to car use, residents will have access to an I-GO car sharing program and nearby public transportation.
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