Looks like Chicago city planners have big ideas for a 1140 acre swathe of land in South Chicago. The spot is former U.S. Steel land, and planners have been mulling development options for the spot since about 2000. Now, they'd like to submit a proposal for a green development with sustainable neighborhoods, green buildings, street cars, and bicycle paths, etc. Officially referred to as the "South Chicago LEED Neighborhood Development Initiative," the plan would be rated by the USGBC's LEED-ND pilot program and would unravel over roughly 20-30 years.
The gargantuan development aims to mix smart growth, mixed uses, and LEED-ND guidelines to create a livable, vibrant, sustainable new community in South Chicago. It's certainly one of the boldest initiatives going on across the nation right now.
Early on, one of the challenges with the plan was figuring out what to do with 573 acres of No Man's Land, a desolate area covered in slag (a rock-hard by product of making steel). They fixed that by taking excess sediment from the Illinois River and covering slag with it. Now, the area is growing plants and very well might become the foundation to one of the largest green developments in the U.S.