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MPC in pictures: Whistler Crossing development achieves LEED-ND status

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Whistler Crossing, taken just before occupancy.

MPC congratulates the developers and architects of Whistler Crossing, the first project in Illinois to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) criteria. The plan, one of 239 nationwide pilot projects under the LEED-ND rating criteria, is developed, owned and managed by Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation and designed by Farr and Associates.

On Feb. 9, this historic redevelopment became the first suburban award winner at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, receiving the "Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award" as well as a second place Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.

Whistler Crossing, a mixed-use, mixed-income and historic rehabilitation development, revitalized the distressed condition of the Pacesetter property in south suburban Riverdale, Ill. MPC has been involved in the Pacesetter redevelopment process since 2003, when Riverdale brought in MPC and Urban Land Institute-Chicago to hold a Technical Assistance Panel. More on that collaboration >>

In addition to historic commitment to neighborhood revitalization and community development, MPC has long been an advocate for LEED-ND, and we are thrilled that the state of Illinois has a model neighborhood that will help shape inviting neighborhoods that encourage healthy living.

Read about MPC Associate Karin Sommer’s work with the the LEED-ND Illinois Regional Prioritization Credits task force to help shape the rating system for Illinois.>>

Visit MPC's flickr page to see more telling photographs >>


  1. 1. marbella property girl from marbella spain on July 25, 2010

    This is a great example of what can be done in a a mixed-use mixed-income and historic restoration why cant all developers have this insight great project i will be using this as an example

  2. 2. Bill SMith from orange county, ny on July 26, 2010

    I'm a residential redeveloper in orange county ny, and I'm finding that more and more people will go out of their way to see a house you've redone if you've put a lot of green elements into it. I have done anything with solar panels yet, but if they keep coming down in price I will have them on my houses soon.
    Bill Smith

  3. 3. John Horne on September 2, 2010

    I've gone by there and seen it. Great job you guys!

  4. 4. Sandra Wilken Luxury Homes from Scottsdale, AZ on October 8, 2010

    I'm a real estate agent for many luxury properties in the Scottsdale area and I have found that buyers value homes that are more energy efficient than not. More developers are responding to this trend.

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