Building Quality Public Facilities For A Sustainable Development Of Healthy Communities

1238 WordsMar 1, 20165 Pages
On September 30th, 1995 The Glenview Naval Air Base that had resided in Glenview, IL for 58 years, was closed (About Glenview, n.d.). Next, the village worked with the Glenview Community Reuse Planning Group and in conjunction with the United States Navy to plan and develop economic alternatives for the Naval base (Master Plan and Design Guidelines, 2008). Over the next decade, The Village worked towards the development The Glen Town Center, in efforts of attaining their goal of creating “a lasting source of pride for the community by building quality public amenities, infrastructure, housing plus recreational and job opportunities” (Master Plan and Design Guidelines, 2008). In its construction, The Glen utilizes several principals of the smart growth model, or the sustainable development of healthy communities. The Glen successfully strengthens development toward an existing community, creates a range of housing opportunities and choices, creates walkable neighborhoods, provides a variety of transportation choices, takes advantages of compact building design, and preserves open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas (Friedland, Relyea, Courard-Hauri, 2012). As previously noted, The Glen was formerly a Naval Air Station, but was reformed into the combination of residential and commercial areas we utilize today, an integral portion of the smart growth model. Since the base was closed in 1995, the Village of Glenview needed to occupy the vacant
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