February 14, 2012.
The developer of ReVenture Park announced today that they now control an additional 578 acres of residential land that wraps the primary ReVenture site. This brings the total project size to 1, 245 acres that will include a proposed mix of residential, retail, office and industrial spaces. The vision for the new housing component is a community where sustainability is ingrained into people’s lifestyles and is woven through the fabric of the community.
Forsite has engaged UNC Charlotte’s Urban Design program to help mold the initial vision and design principles that will be incorporated throughout the project. “This is a unique and interesting project,” said Professor David Walters, Director of UNC-Charlotte’s Urban Design program, who is working on the project with his colleague, Dr. Jose Gamez. “It has great potential for creating a national model for a sustainable community in the face of future uncertainties about climate change and energy supplies. The graduate Urban Design Program and its research arm, the Design+Society Research Center, are ideally placed to explore community design solutions that go beyond current thinking yet are financially feasible in a recovering property market”.
Key planning principles will include renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, natural area protection, community gardens, extensive trail connections, water conservation, and recycling. Tom McKittrick of Forsite Development says, “It’s rare to have a property this large with so many diverse attributes. We have a truly unique opportunity to rethink traditional models and create the next level of sustainable development.”
There will be a heavy focus on open space that ensures the homes are connected to the protected natural environment. Forsite plans to significantly expand the conservation easement and greenway areas that will be connected with trails. The site’s proximity to the US National White Water Center will also offer great appeal to outdoor-minded homebuyers.