Friday, May 7, 2010

Public Celebration for Oak Terrace Preserve Honors, May 22

North Charleston’s Oak Terrace Preserve neighborhood will be holding a block party for the general public from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, May 22, at OTP’s 100 Dolphin Street. Called the "Super Terrificy, Double Fantasicy FREE For All Block Party."

The event will celebrate the community and The Sustainability Institute winning the first-ever Home Depot Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development in December 2009, and other honors such as the Charleston City Paper Reader’s Choice naming OTP the “Best New Development” in 2009 and 2010. The event features free food, live entertainment, games and kid activities, with tours of OTP and a session to meet the builders.

“We believe that the Award of Excellence and other recent honors are truly for the community,” says Elias Deeb, OTP project manager and president of Cedrus, LLC. “The award was initially presented in Washington, DC, with a news conference at City Hall in North Charleston, so this block party was a way for the entire public to celebrate spring and the community’s growing national profile.”

Deeb added that the public is invited to find out what makes Oak Terrace Preserve special, with its sense of community and sustainable building practices. OTP represents a fusion of traditional home design with the latest innovations in healthy, sustainable living. The neighborhood is receiving national acclaim for features like pervious sidewalks and a stormwater management system. The development has preserved more than 400 existing trees, including many century-old grand oaks.

Currently, the first phase of The Towns at Oak Terrace is underway by Carriage Hill Associates. Crescent Homes, Verdi Homes and the Pulte Group represent the remaining three builders at OTP. Oak Terrace Preserve is a City of North Charleston owned project, which is managed by Cedrus, LLC.

Upon build out, the 55-acre OTP will feature 374 homes and townhomes. With its EarthCraft® Certified homes, public spaces, preserved trees, recycled building material and innovative storm water management system, Oak Terrace Preserve has been recognized as a national leader in green, sustainable residential development. The neighborhood has been featured in GreenBuilder Magazine as one of the nation’s top residential developments. Other recognition has included listings of the Park Circle neighborhood in Men’s Journal and Cottage Living.

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