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In the huge crush of Earth Day events, free concerts, free t-shirts, flyers, press releases, new initiatives, and just general green-this-and-that coming your way this week, perhaps this news slipped under the radar: On Wednesday, the U.S. Green Building Council recognized the first LEED-certified home in Capitol Quarter, which expects to be country’s largest LEED for Homes for-sale neighborhood. 

The development is also contributing to the area by simply putting people there. Seriously, a while back, I heard about this 200-plus home development and didn’t even know where it was. Thanks to a developer map, I now have more of a clue. The area we’re looking at is between M and I Streets and 2nd through 5th Streets in Southeast.

Construction will come in two phases—-There are 113 properties in the first wave, 55 of which will be completed in 2009. Of this group, only five remain to be sold, according to Preston Innerst, a vice president at for Capitol Quarter developer EYA. 

Within the entire first wave, 36 homes were designated as work-force housing. Properties were sold by lottery to qualified buyers. At the last lottery, 58 qualified buyers were vying for 18 homes.