Monday July 11, 2011
Norton Commons Site Puts Emphasis on Walkable Mixed Use Living and Energy Efficiency
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 11, 2011) Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will participate as a sponsor for Homearama 2011 at Norton Commons which opens July 16 and runs through the end of the month.
According to Mayor Fischer, the partnership was forged to focus on the importance of developing pedestrian friendly and walkable neighborhoods such as the one being featured at this year’s Homearama event.
“Homearama at Norton Commons provides an excellent example of what we are trying to achieve through our Healthy Hometown efforts,” said Fischer. “We want our new developments to reflect our community’s need for healthier lifestyles including opportunities for more physical activity and more positive interaction.”
The 21 uniquely-styled homes that comprise this year’s Homearama are situated close together and provide both sidewalk and alley access to a full complement of traditional neighborhood amenities including a boulevard, parks, restaurants and shops. The homes are designed with old-style “friendly” front porches, but also include up-to-date “whole house” technologies that allow the owner to control lights and HVAC systems with a smartphone or tablet. All are Energy Star qualified and many include “aging in place” features such as flexible use rooms (playroom to office to downstairs bedroom) and preparation for future installation of stabilization bars.
The one thousand dollar Healthy Hometown sponsorship is funded as part of a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant and specifically supports a series of signed pathways for attendees to follow to help increase their walking as they tour the site.
“The Home Builders Association of Louisville and Norton Commons is excited to partner with the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement to get people in Louisville walking as a form of exercise,” said Chuck Kavanaugh, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Louisville. “During Homearama 2011 at Norton Commons, attendees will be encouraged to walk and explore various amenities in the development that are outside of the Homearama site, as well as to walk from the parking lot to the site (only .3 of a mile!), thanks to a system of designated walking trails and mile marker signage made possible by the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. This neighborhood is extremely walkable, which is one of the many characteristics that make this year’s Homearama event different than any before it. We’re thrilled to have the support of the Mayor’s initiative.”
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness administers the $7.9 million CPPW grant which seeks to advance the work of the Healthy Hometown Movement and make Louisville a healthier place to live for everyone by:
- encouraging environmental, systems and behavioral change designed to improve the ability to make healthier choices,
- assisting with developing policies, programs and communitywide tools needed to reach the entire community with healthier messages healthier choice support systems,
- targeting entire communities including underserved areas where healthier choices may be severely limited.
To learn more about Louisville’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Health/PuttingPreventiontoWork.