Taylor Nachtigal | Minnesota Daily

image via Nexus Energy HomesAs some areas near the University of Minnesota grapple with preserving historic character, one neighborhood is attempting to redefine its presence with plans for a more futuristic community.

The plan, called Prospect North, is built around the idea of shared infrastructure. For example, that could include district systems that deliver heating and cooling to the entire neighborhood surrounding the Prospect Park light rail station and stretching northwest toward TCF Bank Stadium.

With the goal of heightened efficiency in mind, Prospect Park planners have already started setting goals for things like energy use, carbon emissions, transportation, water consumption and wastewater disposal, said John Carmody, founding director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University.

“[The neighborhood is] not just trying to do one thing; it’s trying to do multiple things at the same time,” he said. “Ultimately they want to be a cutting-edge, sustainable community of the future … something that is resilient for the long run.”

Coupling advanced infrastructure with the neighborhood’s ideal location along the Metro Transit’s Green Line light rail and next to the University sets the project apart, said Dick Poppele, a collaborator on the project from the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association. Read more