PROJECT OVERVIEW: “Veridian at County Farm” is transforming the site of a former youth prison into a living community. It is targeted to be a mixed-income net zero energy community, and it will feature one of the world’s first “Living Community Challenge Master Plans”. It will be a 100% all-electric development, powered by solar, with resilient energy storage and no gas lines or combustion appliances of any kind. Miles of wooded trails in a 130 acre park will maximize restorative green space and improve social interaction between neighbors and visitors. Pathways will incorporate innovative rainfall management techniques that mimic natural ecology. Landscaping is viewed as a means of reviving ecosystems and 20% of land use will be dedicated to integrated food production. One third of the homes will be constructed by a local non-profit. Affordable housing will be reserved for low-income tenants with several units set aside for at-risk youth. The neighborhood will include a multi-purpose restored historic barn, a greenhouse and small retail center with a full-service, 100% local grocery store. To reduce transportation-related environmental impacts and encourage human powered living, the neighborhood will have abundant bike storage, a bike maintenance shed, EV Bike share, EV Car Share, and more.
CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going
By: THRIVE Collaborative