Energy-efficient homes are coming to St. Louis in a big way.
Net Zero LLC has officially broken ground on three “green” model homes, the beginning of a project that will ultimately culminate in Saint Louis Park Place: a neighborhood of 250 single-family homes that will each come equipped with solar PV, energy-saving appliances, and LED lighting.
The lots for the development project were purchased from Northside Regeneration, which was originally started by Paul McKee with the intention of rebuilding North St. Louis City. But the city cut ties with McKee last year after claiming the project failed to deliver. The vision of an energy-efficient neighborhood, however, continues to move forward with the construction of these first three model homes.
Tenants of these eco-friendly homes can expect reduced utility bills of up to 70%, due to the building materials. Special pricing will be secured for retirees and city employees who can meet the lending requirements. Net Zero’s plan for the neighborhood, as it is currently laid out, is that the community will be managed by an organization made up of its residents.
If all goes according to plan, future residents of Saint Louis Park Place will find themselves living in a neighborhood that acts as a solar farm – a self-sustaining environment that, Arant has said, is intended to help people climb out of poverty.