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Jacksonville, FL – The Northeast Florida chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism has scheduled their monthly meeting at the SRG Homes model home in Downtown Historic Springfield on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 12 noon. The model home is located on 1434 Market Street, between 4th and 5th Street.

Presently, the CNU has over 2,300 members in 20 countries, as well as 49 states. Visit www.cnuflorida.org for information about the Florida chapters.

A caption of their mission statement: “CNU advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions. We stand for the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy. Rebuilding neighborhoods, cities, and regions is profoundly interdisciplinary. We believe that community, economics, environment, and design need to be addressed simultaneously through urban design and planning.” Visit www.cnu.org about more information about the Congress.

The New Urbanists gathers members from every field of planning. Members include architects, city planners, economists, real estate agents, developers, lawyers, government officials, educators, students and activists. The organization has proved to be successfull in areas of integrating the thoughts and practices of diverse and real neighborhoods, economic and environmental development, as well as increasing coherent metropolitan regions through a citizen-based participation of planning and design.

Mack Bissette, CEO and President of SRG Homes will be present to close the CNU monthly meeting with a brief tour of the homes developed along Market Street in Downtown Historic Springfield. This is the second time a formal introduction of the homes as well as the neighborhoods have been introduced during a private community tour hosted by SRG Homes. The previous tour was successfully presented November 30, 2005 with Ron Barton, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission.

SRG Homes & Neighborhoods, LLC is the largest developer within Downtown Historic Springfield (1st through 12th Street) a designated Enterprise/Empowerment Zone. This company builds historically inspired single family homes in the high $200’s to $600’s. SRG continues to implement suggestions made in the JEDCO commissioned Urban Core Housing Plan prepared by Lambert Advisory, LLC dated mid-year 2005.

SRG has invested over $16 million since 2004 and plans to develop 35 residential units ($15 million per year) in the Historic District for the next three to five years. SRG currently owns 150 lots and several multi-use parcels for a total build-out of 250 units.

Contact:

Ingar Brunnett

Melt Into Arts Inc.

Cultural Planning Consultant

Public Relations for the Arts!

904.254.4143

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when is the January meeting?

Jan 12-13 in Winter Park, Fl. Check out the website for more info.

As far as I know, they don't actually have monthly meetings. There was the local chapter meeting earlier this week, and this January meeting is the annual statewide meeting.

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