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Harper Court, a major, mixed-use development in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, has earned one of the highest ratings in the nation for sustainable neighborhood design and building.

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the project a LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold rating – making Harper Court the highest LEED-rated project of its kind in the State of Illinois and among the top in the country.

Harper Court, developed through a partnership among the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago, local officials and Harper Court Partners, LLC, includes an office tower, a select service hotel, retail space, parking and outdoor gathering areas. Harper Court is scheduled to open in 2013.

Among the highlights of the plan, Harper Court scored high marks for its smart location within a densely populated neighborhood offering multiple public transit options, walkability and connectedness to the broader 53rd Street commercial corridor. Harper Court will establish a pedestrian-oriented, urban core within the Hyde Park neighborhood, which will further catalyze retail growth in the vicinity. The project’s sustainable message will be further strengthened with bike share and environmental education programs.

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