Master Planning Underway for Early LEED-ND Project

A 212-acre urban infill project in Yakima, Washington will be one of the first communities to be planned according to developing LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) principles.
May 30, 2009, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"The plan integrates multiple uses in a non-zoning-based strategy that encourages diversity and capitalizes on the social equity of adjacent neighborhoods.

The team's vision also maintains that pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles must be able to use the site simultaneously; the site's circulation scheme doesn't serve one mode at the expense of the others. As a distinctive neighborhood centered on the historic flow of water through the site, the Mill Pond District will accommodate public amenities that draw visitors to downtown Yakima and contribute to the health of hotels, restaurants, small businesses and other private enterprises such as the historic Capitol Theatre."

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Published on Thursday, May 28, 2009 in Seattle Daily Journal Of Commerce
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