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South Side’s new pearl, Harper Court earns LEED Gold

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After years of planning and debate, change is actually visible in Chicago’s South Side. Continuing on the redevelopment path, entire neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, Woodlawn and North Kenwood/Oakland are seeing major improvement in terms of both infrastructure and housing.

A new prime urban destination and an important part of South Side’s revitalization plan, Harper Court is slowly coming into shape. Developed in partnership with the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago, the project is a two-phase, 1.1 million square foot mixed-use development located at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park.

With a completion date slated for the summer of 2013, Harper Court continues to attract major retailers and entertainment venues to its premises. Anchored by LA Fitness and the University of Chicago, the massive development will become home to The Promontory, a superb restaurant and entertainment hub by the owners of the popular Longman & Eagle eatery, Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden; Chicago-based fashion retailer Akira, which already opened on the first floor of the building; CorePower Yoga, an inspiring yoga center offering classes for beginners to advanced students; the Harper Theater, a four screen venue dedicated to first run and arts-based films; and many other great names of the local entertainment industry.

In addition to 250,000 square feet of commercial space and a select service hotel, Harper Court will also comprise up to 425 residential units with stunning views of the Chicago skyline and structured parking.

Expected to serve as a growth engine for the entire community fostering economic diversity and green practices, the development has earned one of the highest ratings in the nation for sustainable neighborhood design and building, LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold.

“Harper Court has earned the prized LEED for Neighborhood Development rating because it’s strategically located near jobs, shopping and transit and is built into the fabric of a great urban neighborhood, Chicago’s Hyde Park,” said John Norquist, President & CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. “Harper Court is a premier example of sustainability and quality urban design.”

Featuring a wide array of eco-friendly attributes, Harper Court also scored high marks for its smart location within a densely populated area offering multiple public transit options, walkability and connectedness to the broader 53rd Street commercial corridor.

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