For the Sidney GreenPlain to work residents need to be relocated to safe homes. Some small, empty, developable sites are available for infill, but neighbors in the extreme risk areas said they preferred to stay together and recreate the character of their riverside neighborhoods. River Street's team with Place Alliance and New England Environmental helped the Village to envision the majestic Riverlea Farm into a complete neighborhood where families and seniors can rebuild their lives. Riverlea, which means "high above the water," is a beautiful property that includes approximately 100 acres of prime developable land featuring spectacular views of the valley. At full build out, the Riverlea Farm neighborhood – a LEED –ND planned community, will offer 40 single-family homes and up to 12 relocated homes. The senior apartment component will include between 24 and 32 units of accessible one-and two-bedroom apartments. This complex will use green materials to increase energy efficiency and reduce long-term operating expenses. The 20-40 unit senior cottage community will offer accessible, architect-designed modular cottages with porches fronting a central green, shared patio areas, and connections via walking trails to all of the Riverlea amenities.
Vulnerable municipal services will be relocated to Riverlea Farm; a regional senior center and a Boys and Girls Club will be developed which will also serve as emergency shelters. A neighborhood business cluster will be encouraged, and the potential for a regional conference hotel, offering jobs that would be accessible to low and moderate income residents. Riverlea Farm will be developed with green infrastructure practices that detain, clean and infiltrate all its runoff on site, and may incorporate green energy sources for homes and businesses, such as a solar micro-grid. A common green space will showcase the site's history by preserving the farm's iconic "triple silos" to overlook a new community duck pond. The pedestrian friendly mixed-use center will connect via sidewalks to the neighborhood's green spaces, parks, trails, and natural areas. Mixing uses in a compact neighborhood that encourages walking and bicycling makes Riverlea a candidate for LEED ND certification, and designation by the AARP as an "Age-Friendly Community."