Emerson Square is a 2.34-acre affordable housing development that replaced a vacant industrial site in the City of Evanston. There are 32 affordable housing units in the development comprised of a mix of townhomes and apartments. The development also includes a new public park and a community garden. Emerson Square was designed and constructed as an Enterprise Green Community, which aims to align affordable housing strategies with environmentally responsive building practices.

TERRA’s involvement in this project included both surveying and landscape architectural design. TERRA’s landscape architecture scope included the design of the site landscape improvements for each of the six buildings on site, parkway landscape along the new street, parking lot screening and landscape, and decorative fencing. TERRA utilized native and adaptive plant materials in the landscape design to reduce the maintenance and water requirements of the site landscape. A water efficient irrigation system was installed in landscape beds adjacent to the buildings to assist the property management with plant maintenance because the units are renter occupied. In addition to the site landscape, TERRA designed a community garden area and new public park. The community garden consists of a series of raised landscape planters that residents will plant and maintain. The new public park includes play equipment for the two- through five-year-old age group with a combination of engineered wood fiber and rubber play surfacing, bench seating areas, a gazebo structure with picnic tables, and grills for resident use. The City of Evanston intends to expand the park and playground to include play equipment for older children in a future phase of the Emerson Square Development.

Client

Brinshore Development, LLC
PappageorgeHaymes Partners