Habitat For Humanity Preparing For New Community

By: Andrew Dawson
By: Andrew Dawson

Land off of Glenn Lily road will be apart of something Kentucky has never seen before.

An entire community built around 'Green Infrastructure" that will filter polluted run off water.

"So if we can slow the water and create opportunities for it to naturally filter and put in plants that are both high water absorbers and pollutant absorbers then when the water returns to our groundwater sources it is very much purified," Western Kentucky University's Sustainability Programs Development Coordinator Nancy Givens said.

The community will be called 'Durbin Estates' and today people were given a tour of where it will be built and were given the chance to give their input.

Bowling Green, Warren County habitat executive director Rodney Goodman has his own dream for the neighborhood.

"I want it to be a place where people from the community feel the support of the community. Where it's greater than just I come home and have a safe place to live, but where I can come into this saying if I need assistance from my neighbor my neighbors there for me," Goodman said.

And even though today was about showing the land and getting ideas, it was important to put those ideas down on paper

"With this development we know that if we don't get those ideas down now and if we don't design those into this development they're not going to happen accidentally," he said.

Another goal of the community is going to be promoting interaction between neighbors with things such as on street parking and front porches.

The development is being helped funded by a six hundred thousand dollar grant from the Kentucky Division of Water.

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