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A Brief Look At Restoration

The new town of Restoration will create a mixed-use, transit oriented, sustainable new town near Interstate 95 on lands that were previously neglected and significantly altered from their original ecological state.

According to this Best Practices document, "The goal of Restoration is to promote the preservation, restoration and enhancement of open space and environmental systems while at the same time creating a viable, functional, transit-oriented new community that employs quality architecture and New Urbanist principles, ensuring that the built environment integrates into, and works seamlessly with, the natural environment."

The new town will incorporate transit-oriented development with a transit-ready corridor (multi-way boulevard) designed to incorporate a streetcar. The project will include a minimum of 10 percent affordable housing and implements a jobs to housing balance on site that equals or betters the county's 0.65 ratio, and perhaps as high as 0.9 to 1.3 if built out as designed.

The new town plan conserves and restores 3,531 acres -- 68 percent of the site -- to pre-silvacultural wetland and upland conditions.

The project is governed by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the City of Edgewater.

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