SDAT Action Committee

Sustainable Design Assessment Team - City of Springfield, Illinois


The SDAT Action Committee is an architect-citizen workgroup appointed by Mayor J. Michael Houston in 2012 to creatively connect the dots so that both public and private sectors can help successfully implement the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Final Report recommendations, to create an urban residential neighborhood in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

With an estimated 600-thousand square feet of vacant space and many surface parking lots, the heart of the city has a "missing persons" problem. A sustainable future depends on its rebirth as a neighborhood that captures the growing market that is now seeking to limit their driving, experience city life, and enjoy a close-knit neighborhood: young professionals, empty nesters, and everyone in between.

Since late 2011, when Springfield was selected as the first Illinois city to receive a visit from a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (a program of the American Institute of Architect's Communities by Design program), momentum has grown for residential development. Downtown growth is a popular issue across Sangamon County (Sangamon County Citizen Survey, 2013), and many people have a renewed interest in investing or living in our historic downtown filled with galleries, restaurants, museums and festivals.

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