Developers pitching environmentally-friendly townhouse design

7:20 PM, Dec 17, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland's Planning Board votes Tuesday night on a project that would bring 29 new townhouse condominiums to Munjoy Hill.

Redfern Properties is developing the project called Munjoy Heights.
Owner Jonathan Culley says it will not only be one of the most energy efficient developments in the city, but also will have a new street design called "woonerf," in which there are no sidewalks; instead, pedestrians and bicyclists have equal priority with cars.

The road will be made out of concrete pavers instead of asphalt to help slow those cars down and help better drain storm water runoff.

Each unit has a roof deck to soak in the views, and solar panels to absorb the sun.

Developers say while there has been concern over them cutting trees in that area to build, much of what's currently there is invasive and harmful to the eco-system.  Their design will incorporate 70 new trees and 700 bushes, all native to the area.

Redfern has also made a deal with Portland Trails to allow public access to continue on a trail that runs through the area.


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