Sustainable Community Melds New with the Old

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rowhomes in raleigh, ncDowntown Raleigh, North Carolina, is a bustling small city filled with Southern charm. Spanning five blocks of the city’s historic district is the site of the sustainably-planned community of Blount Street Commons.

The new mixed-use development will integrate row homes, townhouses, carriage homes, and urban lofts with 25 existing historic homes in a way that respects the character of centuries past. The village atmosphere will offer residents retail shops, restaurants, and businesses within short walkable distances. Green building materials and technologies will be incorporated into the new construction. The homes will be energy-, water-, and resource-efficient and will benefit from lower utility bills and improved indoor air quality.

merrimon-wynnFor those who choose to purchase and restore one of the homes dating back from the late 1800s to the early 1900’s, can take advantage of tax credits. A few homesites, most including 2-car garages, are also available to build your own dream home on. Renovations of historic homes, and the design and construction of the new homes will need to follow a set of guidelines designed to make the vernacular architecture proud.

Source: Blount Street Commons

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building

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