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New, eco-friendly homes going up in Springfield

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Updated: 7/23/2013 7:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many living in Springfield are tired of seeing historic homes torn down. Now one man is making it his mission to put new houses up in their place.

Hidden among the dilapidated buildings, boarded-up windows and old homes left to crumble in Springfield is a sign of hope.

Right now, it doesn't look like much. David Shacter, president of TerraWise Homes, is laying the groundwork to restore the community to its former glory.

"There's always been a lot of potential in Springfield. There was a lot going on here six, seven, eight years ago," he said.

He's introducing a modern concept to the aging neighborhood. Two new homes are going up and they're going to be nearly "net-zero," meaning they will create almost as much energy as they use.

"Before you put the solar panels on, you make it as efficient as you can so the house will be built super energy-efficient, thicker walls, super insulated, high-energy-rated windows, doors, LED lights, everything," he said.

One of the plots already has a buyer. Shacter has plans for a lot more houses to follow. And slowly but surely, as the floor plans transform into livable spaces, he's feeling good knowing he will play a role in turning Springfield's history into a sustainable future.

"I don't think it's a one-man show. I think if I can just get a spark going and help it along, that will be great," said Shacter.

The first two eco-friendly houses should be move-in ready by the end of the year.

Because of the structure of Springfield homes, Shacter said he wasn't able to build true "net-zero" homes. These will come close.
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Martha Aiken - 7/26/2013 11:11 PM
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Couldn't we all just be happy that there is positive signs of growth in our market? As a local Realtor I am just glad to see David and other builders build quality houses to help our community to improve rather than decay.

fsu813 - 7/24/2013 3:56 PM
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The author of this article doesn't seem to have her facts right. There are multiple new home builder in this area. More houses than not are renovated in the neighborhood, not the other way around. The very block that the new Terra Wise homes are being built on has other new houses on it, recently renovated houses, etc. For a more accurate picture of development in the Sptingfield historic district, check out http://www.myspringfield.org/business-development/under-construction-summer-2013
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