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Located on the site of the former Dunwood Elementary School, the Chiswick at Dunwood Apartments development uses a variety of green infrastructure types to manage water where it falls. Mandel Group was selected by the Fox Point-Bayside School district through a competitive process to purchase and redevelop the property. The 103-unit luxury multi-family apartment development sits alongside Azura, an independently owned and operated senior living facility.
The project incorporates two large rain gardens along with native landscaping, green roofs, and stormwater trees. Responsive to the safety and pest concerns of neighbors, Mandel chose to include the landscaped rain gardens rather than stormwater detention ponds common on suburban sites. The rain gardens are planted with native species adapted to thrive in periods of flooding and drought and they provide valuable habitat for wildlife and pollinators.
In addition to the two large rain gardens, the site also includes a variety of native plantings highlighted by two butterfly gardens along a public walkway. The site also includes over 9,000 square feet of at-grade green roofs to further manage stormwater on the site. Altogether, the development can manage nearly 900,000 gallons including significant runoff generated off site. On-site educational signage highlights the functionality of the stormwater systems in place along walking trails throughout the site.
MMSD gives Green Luminary® awards to businesses, organizations, and communities that implement exceptional green infrastructure design projects in the MMSD service area that benefit our lakes and rivers, as well as our communities.
Are you a homeowner, organization, or business looking for help on installing green infrastructure? Contact the Fresh Coast Guardians Resource Center to get started today.
Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when large storms threaten the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued a reminder is sent to use less water until the storm passes.
What do you do when an alert is issued?
Try to use less water until the storm passes.
Get FREE water by the barrel from your roof and use it when it’s dry outside to use in your landscape. Rain barrels help keep excess water out of the sewer system and help reduce water pollution.