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Learn more about Highland Park’s Parker Village redevelopment this week

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One of the state’s first ‘smart neighborhood’

Rendering courtesy of Juan Shannon via Eventbrite

We’ve discussed in the past the potential for redevelopment in Highland Park and we’ve seen what the community can do in Avalon Village. An event scheduled for this Thursday will offer more information on a new development—Parker Village—and opportunities to get involved as it starts to take shape.

Parker Village aims to be one of the first ‘smart neighborhoods’ in the state. The redevelopment of the former Thompson Elementary School, led by Highland Park resident Juan Shannon, will utilize green technologies—including solar street lights, net-zero design features, and electric vehicle charging stations—with the goal of LEED Platinum certification.

According to the event page,

Plans for the project include aquaponics (fish farming), urban farming system, state-of-the-art multi-media center, training and internship programs, a S.T.E.A.M. lab and maker space. The 43,000 SF school will be re-purposed into the most sustainable and innovative community center in the nation powered by 200kw of solar energy. Net-zero housing is also being planned for the community.

SpaceLab Detroit is hosting the event on February 1 at 6 p.m. It’s open to the public and anyone looking to get involved (volunteers, investors, contractors, etc.) is encouraged to attend. Those planning on attending should register here.