Unsprawl Case Study: Prairie Crossing, IL

The first 12 models of homes at Prairie Crossing represent the firstcommunity-scale demonstration project for the U.S. Department ofEnergy's Building America program.

"Prairie Crossing is a 'conservation community' located 40 miles northwest of Chicago, and an hour south of Milwaukee, in the town of Grayslake, Illinois. Based on a set of ten guiding principles (click to review), the community strikes a balance between preserving the natural landscape, providing energy efficient homes of Midwestern vernacular, and presenting a variety of opportunities for resident involvement. While most development to date has concentrated on relatively low-density housing, higher-density homes are being built near the Metra train station, and plans are in the works for a mixed-use 'Main Street.' Additionally, an onsite regional branch of Lake Forest Hospital is under construction."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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