B&LT a leader with LEEDS for Harbor Point

Richard Lee of NewsTimes brings us this article on the Harbor Point development in Stamford, CT, outside of New York City.  Though the second word in his report is “sprawling” (apparently he didn’t know that that is a dirty word in the development world), it does a great job of highlighting some of the great things about this new development.  The first of these is that Harbor Point has been awarded LEED-ND Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council.  It is among one of the first developments to do so.  It’s transit-friendly location, brownfield redevelopment, and New Urbanist patterns helped it get this award.  The development consists of five neighborhoods each centered on a park.  The streets are lined with trees and ground-floor retail, with wide sidewalks and bike lanes.  The structures themselves employ green building techniques.  Construction waste is being recycled and historic buildings preserved.  There will be a small transportation system that will take people from the development to the train station and downtown.  The development includes 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 350,000 square feet of office space, a hotel, 4,000 residential units, a marina, 11 acres of new parkland and a waterfront promenade.  Developers expect this gren recognition to help them fill office and residential spots even in a slow economy.  The developer, Cart Kuehner, sums up the spirit of the development: “Generations screwed this up, and this will be the generation that will fix it.”

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