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.