Housing Complex

First Home LEED-Certified at Capitol Quarter

In the huge crush of Earth Day events, free concerts, free t-shirts, flyers, press releases, new initiatives, and just general green-this-and-that coming your way this week, perhaps this news slipped under the radar: On Wednesday, the U.S. Green Building Council recognized the first LEED-certified home in Capitol Quarter, which expects to be country's largest LEED for Homes for-sale neighborhood. 

The development is also contributing to the area by simply putting people there. Seriously, a while back, I heard about this 200-plus home development and didn't even know where it was. Thanks to a developer map, I now have more of a clue. The area we're looking at is between M and I Streets and 2nd through 5th Streets in Southeast.

Construction will come in two phases—There are 113 properties in the first wave, 55 of which will be completed in 2009. Of this group, only five remain to be sold, according to Preston Innerst, a vice president at for Capitol Quarter developer EYA. 

Within the entire first wave, 36 homes were designated as work-force housing. Properties were sold by lottery to qualified buyers. At the last lottery, 58 qualified buyers were vying for 18 homes.