Sunnydale Community to Receive LEED-ND Gold Certification

The Sunnydale HOPE Master Plan, a redevelopment design for a public housing community in San Francisco, is the first project in the United States to receive conditional approval for LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Stage 1 Gold certification.

The LEED for Neighborhood Development green communities rating system integrates green building into community development to reduce sprawl, increase transportation choices, decrease automobile dependence, encourage healthy living, and protect threatened species.  The system acknowledges the correlation between transit-oriented development and proximity to services, amenities, and jobs to human health benefits and economic capital.  Projects constitute portions of neighborhoods, whole neighborhoods, or multiple neighborhoods and are most often mixed-use and complementary to existing neighborhoods. A collaboration among CNU, USGBC, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, LEED-ND certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

The Sunnydale community was originally developed as a housing solution for wartime ship-builders and, over the decades, has fallen into dilapidation and disrepair.  With Van Meter, Williams, & Pollack LLP as Master Plan Architect and Mercy Housing and Related California as developers, a new plan has emerged to redesign Sunnydale by creating a new network of streets, a variety of mixed-income housing types, and carefully scaled park spaces.  All existing public housing units will be replaced with minimal displacement to integrate Sunnydale into the greater, walkable neighborhood.  When complete, the community will have a mix of uses typical of other San Francisco neighborhoods, including housing, services, community facilities, open space, and neighborhood-serving retail.

To read more about the Sunnydale Plan, see the VMWP website!


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