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Top Ten New Urban Communities – Fall 2008

It’s here -our list of interesting and vital new urban communities for 2008.  The following communities are meant to inspire you if you need ideas for your own community and to assist you if you are looking to move or want suggestions on criteria to look for when choosing your next new home.  Thank you to all communities who submitted to this project – this is helping to spread the word about new urbanism to one of the key decision makers in this market – MOMS!

1.                  Baldwin Park – Orlando, Florida, www.BaldwinParkFl.com

Price range: From the high $100K’s to several million dollars
Rental and Home ownership available.

Description:

Baldwin Park has been carefully planned to create a definite sense of community. A Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), Baldwin Park has no gates or walls, but blends seamlessly into surrounding areas. It’s pedestrian friendly with wide sidewalks and homes are within easy walking distance of stores, offices and restaurants. Baldwin Park’s parks, lakes and open spaces have been carefully planned to contribute to a healthy environment that provides a meaningful habitat for flora, fauna and people.

2. Longleaf – New Port Richey, Florida, www.LongleafTown.com

Price range: From the high $190K’s to over $800,000
Rental and Home ownership is available.

Description:
Longleaf is a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), which is reminiscent of the small towns of America. It was developed to create friendly neighborhood settings that foster the bonds of community through daily casual contact. The combination of neighborhood squares, front porches and a mix of residents creates new communities reminiscent of the small towns of days past.

3. Arbor Park Village – Cleveland www.arborparkvillage.com.

Price Range Between $150K and $300K
Rental and home ownership available.

Description:
New Urban Mom Arbor Park Village, ClevelandArbor Park Village is a new, vibrant inner-city community that represents the best in planning, funding, designing and construction. The project has been recognized for the unprecedented cooperation between all parties involved in the planning, development, design, funding and building of this massive undertaking.

Built in three phases, the entire project included the construction of 575, two- three- and four-bedroom apartment units contained within 66 townhomes and 54 one-bedroom units housed in the Apartment/Community center. The townhomes were constructed in groups of four to create courtyards on each block of this new community. The courtyards, enclosed by the rear of the buildings, have been beautifully landscaped and offer residents the chance to enjoy shared open space and to interact with neighbors. The overall design of the buildings and streetscape of this new community were also well planned. Each townhome was designed to look like two- and three-story homes in a quaint, rowhouse neighborhood.

In addition to the residential units, Arbor Park Village also features a brand new, 60,000 sq. ft. Apartment/Community Center.

Throughout the construction of this project, the developer employed over 40 residents as laborers and carpenter apprentices through our Participating Area Residents (PAR) Program. This program gives neighborhood resident minorities the opportunity to participate in the construction process of their community. In conjunction with the PAR Program, we also exceeded the 33.3% minority/female workforce requirement of the project.

4.                  Park DuValle – Louisville, Kentucky,
http://www.morethanhouses.com/villagesofparkduvalle

Price Range: Contact for more information – Tel: (502) 515-1979
Rental and Home ownership available

Before and After Pictures:

Description:
The Park DuValle neighborhood, once dominated by 1100 public housing units, is being transformed into a mixed-income neighborhood in Louisville’s west end. The goal of the HOPE VI plan is to build a series of traditional neighborhoods with rental and home ownership opportunities for a wide range of income groups. The greatest challenge has been to successfully provide public housing for those in need while simultaneously attracting middle-income home buyers to the neighborhood.<br><br>

5.         Randolph Neighborhood, Richmond Virgina – http://www.rrha.org

Price Range: New homes $250 and up
Rental and home ownership available.

Description:
Premiere Homes, LLC are building 70 new homes in the areas of Jacquelin Street and Kemper Streets in the Randolph neighborhood. The homes will range in size from 1,534 to 1,960 square feet and will offer three bedrooms, two and one-half baths and many other amenities. Homes will sell from the $250,000’s.

RRHA and its developer, Johannas Designs, have built the dynamic TriBeCa Brownstones. Stylish 2- 4 bedroom townhouses with garages which feature all the latest urban design amenities. Prices begin at $299,000

6. Town Commons – Howell, Michiganwww.towncommsllc.com
Price Range – Contact developer call at 517-546-9500 or e-mail kimp@terralandgroup.com.

Description:
Now under development in the beautiful city of Howell, Mich., Town Commons is a Traditional Neighborhood Development that includes a complementary mixture of single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, a senior assisted-living facility, neighborhood retail space and lots of parks and recreational areas.

7. Legends South – Chicago, Illinois, www.legendssouth.com
Price Range: Contact the sales office at 773.451.1412.
Rental and home ownership available.

Description:
Legends South is more than just another residential development. It is one of the largest revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the City of Chicago that, when completed, will include nearly 2,400 new rental and home ownership units – and will remove the former super block configuration imposed by the former Robert Taylor Homes. This development will stretch for two miles through the very heart of Bronzeville; Legends South will extend from 39th Street south to 55th Street and from Federal Street east to Prairie Avenue.

8. Fruitvale Village – Oakland, California, www.fruitvalevillage.net

Price Range: Contact for more information –  (510) 535-6941
Rental and home ownership available.

Description:

  • A 257,000 square foot “transit village” built on former BART parking lots.
  • An active, retail-lined connector between the BART station and the neighborhood’s primary retail artery. This Pedestrian Street and plaza also serve as a major community-gathering place.
  • Forty-seven units of mixed-income housing.
  • 114,000 square feet of community services (clinic, library, senior center) and office space (including the Unity Council’s headquarters).
  • 40,000 square feet of neighborhood retail (shops and restaurants).
  • 150 car parking garage within the buildings (plus a large parking structure for BART).

9. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, North Carolina, http://www.birkdalevillage.net

Price Range: Contact for more information:  704.895.8744
Rental and home ownership available.

Description:
A neighborhood of luxurious apartments overlooking Main Street. With a variety of cafes, shops, restaurants and entertainment just outside your door.

10. Georgetown Land development – Georgetown, Connecticut, www.georgetownland.com

Price Range: Contact for more information:  203-544-8323
Rental and home ownership available.

Description (example of the kind of planning process involved in creating a new urbanism community)

In 1998, after 150 years of manufacturing wire cloth, netting, fencing and other goods, the Gilbert & Bennett Company closed its 55-acre Georgetown wire mill facility in the town of Redding, CT, and filed for bankruptcy.

The Town of Redding (population 8,500), located at the nexus of three affluent Fairfield County communities, immediately began seeking a partner who would purchase the million dollars’ worth of tax liens and revitalize the blighted property known as a “Brownfield” site.

The right partner materialized in 2002: Georgetown Land Development Company (GLDC), headed by Stephen Soler, a local developer with proven expertise in Brownfield reclamation projects and a fervent belief in the anti-suburban-sprawl principles of Smart Growth.

In October 2003, GLDC hosted a week-long “charrette” at the Redding firehouse, a series of public meetings where everyone-government officials, business and civic leaders, the public-was invited to share their ideas and concerns for developing the Gilbert & Bennett (G&B) property. Over 1,000 people attended. An on-site team of architects and designers working 12-to-18-hour days analyzed and fleshed out all suggestions. Every idea received a full hearing and assessment.

Out of this intense collaboration came a master plan for a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, environmentally responsible new village center.

It would include 416 units of diverse housing (loft-style apartments, townhouses, single-family homes), over 300,000 square feet of commercial space (offices, restaurants and shops as well as light manufacturing), a performing arts center, a health club, a bed and breakfast, a reopened Metro North railroad station with added parking garage-all connected by pedestrian trails (no one would be more than a ten-minute walk from the train).

And the newly “daylighted” Norwalk River would run through it!

Within a year, the plan was unanimously approved by the town’s zoning commission.

It was estimated the development would add almost $5 million to Redding‘s tax rolls, raise property values by more than $300 million and create 1,500 jobs.