Gulch Certified as Green Neighborhood

    From a recent article in the Tennessean…This is great news for our fine city. Nashville continues to evolve and grow into a greener place we can all be proud to call home. The Gulch has great potential, and much of that is already being realized with the completion of Icon, soon completion of Velocity, and continued announcement of unique retail and restaurants moving into the area.

    Nashville’s Gulch Certified as Green Neighborhood
    Neighborhood Wins Rare Honor

    By Chas Sisk

    The Gulch neighborhood has been certified as an environmentally sound project, city officials and the area’s lead developer said Tuesday.

    The mixed-use neighborhood between Broadway and the interstate loop last month was awarded silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The project was recognized for its proximity to mass transit, friendliness to pedestrian traffic, dense layout, green construction techniques and other factors.

    The area was the 13th neighborhood worldwide to achieve LEED certification under the program, which is in its pilot phase. Only three others have been certified at the silver level, the U.S. Green Building Council’s second-highest designation.

    "I think people will look back at what happened here in the Gulch and look at it as a turning point in our city," Mayor Karl Dean said in a ceremony Tuesday to announce the award. "This is a huge step on our way to be recognized as a green city."

    The Gulch’s master planner, MarketStreet Enterprises, undertook the effort to get the area LEED certified and paid the $15,000 application fee.

    "We think the Gulch can become a model community," said Jay Turner, MarketStreet’s managing director.

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