The very nature of this project is green, from its mixed-used, transit-oriented design featuring a DART light rail stop, to open air, pedestrian–friendly walkways. What’s more, 20 acres is being reserved for usable outdoor public space including parks, lakes, public amphitheater and a hike/bike trail.
We are additionally seeking LEED and Green Built North Texas certifications, both of which optimize energy efficiency and sustainable development practices. Special care was also taken to relocate more than 100 mature trees to on-site tree farms for future replanting throughout the development.
Lake Highlands Town Center will showcase all the natural beauty of the surrounding neighborhood. Wide sidewalks will accommodate outdoor patio seating at cafes and restaurants where patrons can take in the scenic views. Mature trees and awnings will offer shade and cover, making Wildcat Way pleasant year-round.
The hike/bike trail will run along the lakes and eventually lead to White Rock Lake, connect up with the Katy Trail and provide a seamless pathway to walk or pedal your way to American Airlines Center, Victory and downtown.
Prescott has partnered with Dallas County and the City of Dallas to successfully secure a sustainable development grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments to fund the hike and bike trail extension from the Town Center to the White Rock Creek Trail.
Design of the trail extension to begin in late 2012 and construction to commence in 2012.
Over 100 mature trees were preserved and relocated to two on–site tree farms for future replanting throughout the development. It’s not only good for the environment, but will provide shade and beautiful aesthetics on day one.
Using a chipper, the lumber and other materials from demolition were ground up into fine wood chips. This cut down in half, the number of truck loads required to haul the debris away and most of the ground up product was even reused as mulch.
Reuse crushed concrete slabs
The concrete slabs from the foundations of the former structures were crushed and transported off site for use as fill material or road base instead of being hauled off to a local landfill.
Bricks from the former apartments were removed and cleaned to be reused on other projects instead of hauled to landfills.
Rainwater collection system
The large lakes will provide a natural rainwater collection system to capture runoff and irrigate the parks and development.
Reuse/Donate appliances, doors, fixtures, and other items
Appliances, doors, fencing, and even tennis court lighting from the apartment complexes were salvaged for reuse or donated to charity instead of being taken to a local landfill.
LEED/Green Built North Texas Certification
To the extent possible Lake Highlands Town Center will be developed in accordance with LEED and Green Built North Texas standards.