Posted by Kevin Kastner in Historical Posts
on Aug 17th, 2007
Last night there was a meeting at the building site for the Casa Verde house in the 2100 block of Park Avenue. I met with the Indianapolis Urban Sustainability Meet-Up group set up by the real estate agent of the project, Joe Shoemaker. Joe showed us around the project and explained the details.
- This house will look relatively normal from the street. They did this to destroy the myth that “green” has to look weird.
- They bought 2 parcels, and applied for 3 building permits so they could add density to the project.
- The construction equipment runs on diesel fuel.
- This house will be so efficient that the utility costs may add up to $100 a month.
- The neighborhood of King Park has been issued 50 building permits by the city. The fourth phase of Fall Creek Place is directly to the north of the house.
- Casa Verde is looking to add more affordable options in the area in the near future.
- Our city’s zoning laws reward suburban-style developments and discourage density. I already knew this, but it’s depressing to hear it from someone who works on permits. The laws will need to change before we see some real positive developments.