DC Infill Gets LEED Neighborhood Silver

The Mosaic District–a 31-acre mixed-use development designed to revitalize the Merrifield area near Washington, D.C.–was one of 239 pilot projects selected by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2007. Now it’s received another green honor: silver certification from the recently launched LEED for Neighborhood Devleopment program for its development plan.

Billed as a combination of retail, public and private space, the Mosaic Neighborhood is an infill development on the site of a former multiplex theater. It will include over 400,000 square feet of retail space, 1,000 residential units, 65,000 square feet of office space, two parks, two boutique hotels and an eight-screen arthouse cinema. Currently, the first phase of the project is underway; the entire development is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2012.

Mosaic Neighborhood

image via Mosaic District

The project is the brainchild of Edens & Avant, a privately held real-estate and development company with a focus on neighborhood shopping places in East Coast metro areas. According to Bill Caldwell, Managing Director for Edens & Avant, every detail of the neighborhood development has been carefully considered, from masterplanning all the way through the recycling of construction materials.

Mosaic’s sustainable features include a large green roof (20,000 square feet), electric car charging stations and “advanced stormwater management systems.” (We’re assuming some sort of rainwater harvesting landscaping design is involved.) The development is within walking distance to public transportation (and will feature shuttle service to the Metro, for those who can’t make the walk, or choose not to).

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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