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Biscayne Landing Accepted into Pilot Program for Leed

for Neighborhood Development Rating System

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (September 10, 2007) – Biscayne Landing, a new master-planned mixed-use community in North Miami, has been accepted into the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program.

There were 260 project nationwide that qualified, each for its efforts to enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in the community by reducing vehicular traffic, promoting pedestrian foot and encouraging efficient energy and water use.  Biscayne Landing was one of the nation’s largest projects chosen to participate.

Created via a collaboration of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for New Urbanism and Natural Resources Defense Counsel, the new LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program evaluates developments and recognizes those projects that incorporate planned growth and green design principles. 

A special focus group has been formed to more closely examine the environmentally friendly initiatives by specific projects.  Biscayne Landing is one of only 60 of the participating projects accepted into the focus group.

The master planned, mixed-use community – the largest one east of I-95 – inhabits 200 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay.  It offers unobstructed views of a 230-acre nature reserve, Oleta River State Park, Haulover Park, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The development will encompass 6,000 residential units, acres of public parks and an Arquitectonica designed town center comprised of 1,684 residential units, 180,000 square feet of office, a hotel with 200 guestrooms and nearly 300,000 square feet of retail.

Biscayne Landing is bordered by NE 151 St. to the north, adjacent to Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus and to the south by NE 135 St., and accessed via Biscayne Boulevard.

Promoting the environmentally friendly approach, Biscayne Landing will be a “walkable community” where residents will be able to walk or bike from home to their workplaces and to shopping and dining areas.

“The project is a paradigm for smart growth and a successful example of a public private partnership that aims to spearhead change and grow a community,” Jeffrey Scott, divisional president, Biscayne Landing.

“As a participant in the LEED-ND program, Biscayne Landing will be verified as one of the seminal projects in the country that incorporates green features, reflecting our ambitious and relentless efforts to rebirth the site and contribute to a healthier, more robust environment for the city.”

The town center and 167 acres of Biscayne Landing are included in this prestigious national program. In addition to LEED certification for the neighborhood, the developers plan to pursue Silver or better LEED certification for individual buildings within the development.

The town center will feature a drought-tolerant xeriscape and native-compatible plantings, which dramatically reduce the need for irrigation and recycle captured rainwater.

Among the other green features planned are solar panels, irrigation from
captured rainwater, shading systems, tinted and insulated glass, and “grey-water systems” that reuse water.

Insulated glazing will reduce excess heating from the sun while increasing the views and daylight for tenants of one of the office buildings.  Energy-efficient lighting, mechanical equipment, appliances, elevators, and low-water use plumbing fixtures are also incorporated into the design.

“This is quite a change for North Miami, bringing highly sustainable, high-end condos, offices and shops that will become a sorely needed economic engine,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, principal of Arquitectonica. “And the once-vacant site will become home to 15,000 people – one of the largest mixed-use residential projects ever planned for a former landfill. The new landscape design by Arquitectonica GEO is very much worth looking at. There’s no other community like this in Miami.”

“The City of North Miami is proud to be the home of the only Miami-Dade County
registered project in the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program,” said City of North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns.

“Biscayne Landing is a tremendous accomplishment in this area and it is our first step towards the city’s goals in achieving a more sustainable and greener community, a commitment that we have demonstrated in our comprehensive plan.”

Biscayne Landing is located at 15045 Biscayne Blvd. For more information, call 305-944-3090 or visit

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