The future of GreenCity will include mixed income housing, forested areas and parks, buildings designed to specifically interact with the environment, and a multi-modal transportation network designed for walkability and connectivity. A 17,000-seat arena with flexible seating configurations for large events or sports teams will anchor the development and be constructed using green best practices.
The site selected for GreenCity is an abandoned corporate campus, formerly the Best Products headquarters, that has been dormant for more than a decade. The first phase of the project is focused on renovating and repurposing the three-story headquarters by aiming to attract sustainable companies who are committed to climate change. VHB evaluated the site’s infrastructure, utilities, transportation and traffic, and environmental constraints, and developed a framework for the new infrastructure, including roads and utilities to support the build out of the community. When complete, the community will yield more than 8,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in overall economic activity by 2034.
“As a company committed to enhancing our communities through equitable, sustainable, and resilient solutions, we are proud to stand alongside Green City Partners, LLC as a partner on this project,” said Diane Linderman, Managing Director of VHB’s Richmond office. “The repurposing of the site’s assets will increase value, while bringing the property back to life — an example of environmental readiness that will serve as a successful example for future projects.”