See How Storie Plans to Preserve Nature Amid New Urban Expansion

January 10, 2024 | Read Time: 4 minutes

Urban Community Concept rendering of Storie in Martin County

For countless individuals nationwide, cars have become a necessity of daily life. Whether it’s casual outings with friends or last-minute grocery runs, many have become accustomed to driving everywhere. In Martin County, however, there’s one new community concept that would be centered not on cars but on the people that inhabit or visit it. Storie plans to embrace a centuries-old tradition known as “New Urbanism.” The premise is simple yet powerful: walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping nearby, and accessible public spaces. These walkable neighborhoods aim to encapsulate all necessities within the community while still preserving and conserving the surrounding natural landscapes. Let’s delve deeper into how this innovative approach could unfold at Storie.

Preserving and Protecting Natural Wonders

Encompassing 2,700 acres, Storie would be a community of substantial scale. Yet many will notice on the site plan a deliberate balance between the green and blue spaces and the number of structures. This emphasis reflects the conscious decision to leave 64% of the existing natural landscapes untouched. Homes and buildings would be strategically situated around the existing wetlands and preserves. This approach doesn’t diminish the area’s natural allure. Rather, it would amplify and highlight the surrounding wetlands through sustainable practices.

rendering of new community concept at storie with fountain

Park the Car – Getting Around is a Breeze

Central to New Urbanism is consolidating commercial areas into a communal space easily accessible from residential neighborhoods. Storie’s entire community concept would be designed with walking in mind, aiming to minimize the need for cars to get around town. In addition to the 38 miles of nature trails weaving through the open spaces, every street features sidewalks and paths that lead to the Village Center, strategically placed in the middle of the community concept. This waterfront promenade would be filled with local boutiques, art galleries, stores, community events, farmer’s markets and much more. Locally owned restaurants and bars could become vibrant hubs for social gatherings, while scenic seating areas along the waterfront would invite visitors to bask in sunset hues while watching electric boats drift by. In Storie’s walkable village, there’s something for everyone — whether it’s savoring a coffee by the water’s edge or indulging in a bit of retail therapy.

rendering of storie townhomes in new community concept

Quaint Streetscapes Where Community Thrives

Surrounding the Village Center would be neighborhoods designed to bring people together. A diverse mix of housing options, including apartments, townhomes, and single-family homes, would contribute to a warm and communal atmosphere. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods, wide sidewalks, and quiet streetscapes encourage neighbors to get to get to know each other. Whether it’s children playing in the streets or neighbors walking together to an event, each neighborhood would be meticulously planned to ensure safe, welcoming blocks that embody a spirit of belonging.

Martin County Water gazebo at storie community

Waterways Designed for Adventure

Storie’s healthy lifestyle, however, wouldn’t be limited to land. An innovative filtration system would not only clean 500 million gallons of water each year but also provide a wide array of waterfront adventures. The serene waters would wind gracefully throughout the community, with convenient launch points for kayaking and paddleboarding excursions. Additionally, large freshwater lakes would make the community concept a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Whether gliding through the waterways on a non-motorized boat or casting a line from the pier, anglers of all ages would be able to reel in a prized catch at Storie.

aerial of new community school rendering coming to storie

New Vision Video Gives a Closer Look at Storie’s Vision

Clean water and open spaces are just the beginning of ways this eco-minded neighborhood would bring together the community. A vibrant community park, a K-12 charter school, an open-air amphitheater, and plentiful outdoor activities have also been planned for Storie. As Storie progresses toward finalizing the details of this community concept, additional information will be revealed in the near future. To receive a copy of the StorieTime magazine with more details on the vision for this community, or to be among the first to see the newly released vision video, register your interest at

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