Hillcrest LEED for Communities

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Project Type: Master Planning and Sustainable Design

Client: Saint Paul Port Authority

The shuttered Hillcrest Golf Course, a 112-acre brownfield exposed to decades of pervasive mercury contamination via fungicide application, is being redeveloped into a publicly-accessible, vibrant new community within the St. Paul’s Greater East Side neighborhood. Led by the St. Paul Port Authority in collaboration with the City, the project builds upon the Port’s experience with brownfield remediation and aligns with the Port’s mission to create jobs, expand the tax base, and advance sustainable development. The final goals of the project are to create a dynamic, mixed use neighborhood with 1,000 new housing units, 1,000 new jobs with low barriers to entry, 20 acres of active and passive greenspace, and extensive pedestrian-oriented trails and activity nodes.

Hillcrest is the first development in the world to achieve LEED for Communities Platinum-level Pre-Certification. In addition to facilitating the master planning efforts in coordination with the City, developing Design Covenants for various zoning designations, and collaborating in all efforts for watershed approvals and infrastructure design, LHB’s work with Hillcrest is to evaluate strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in buildings, transportation, street lighting, water and wastewater, and waste management, ultimately to determine a net-zero carbon scenario. Our team is working closely with the Port to design a series of solutions that not only achieves their carbon goals but reduces economic disparities in Saint Paul, is feasible in the marketplace, and brings joy to the community.

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