This is a very exciting ‘New Urbanist’ project utilizing Traditional Neighorhood Development (TND) that has approval and is moving forward in Windsor, CT

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Here is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article on the project: 

Called Great Pond Village, the $1 billion development is intended to give employees who now drive an average 35 minutes to work at the Day Hill Road office park the opportunity to ditch the commute altogether… The idea is to “create the old New England village where we have a walkable, mixed-use village center,” and enough housing choices to accommodate a variety of age groups, said David Winstanley, a principal with the developer, Winstanley Enterprises of Concord, Mass… A study conducted by TischlerBise, a Maryland consulting firm, determined that tax revenues generated by the development will exceed town-borne costs for emergency services, schools and infrastructure by as much as $43 million over 20 years.Windsor is one of a growing number of towns using high-density development to address problems like overburdened highways, unaffordable housing, suburban sprawl and dwindling numbers of young people… The first phase, which could be under way as soon as 2012, will include 400 housing units.

There is a pent-up demand for ‘New Urbanist’ type communities and this project is proof of that.  Especially seeing it move forward during this time when the rest of the housing industry is trying to recover from the current housing crisis.

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