Stars and Stripes Park proposed as major new attraction

Continuing our dedication to providing inspiring amenities for residents, Tradition has proposed a very special outdoor amenity area with a sweeping vision. Stars And Stripes Park will be a major attraction for residents within the Tradition community and a brand-new destination on the routes of the familiar TIM shuttles.

The park itself is a brilliant mix of green areas, scenic ponds and themed art installations. A patriotic entrance wall with a bold “Stars and Stripes Park” logo will be festooned with red, white and blue flowers at its base. One prominent display is a circular area centered around huge, gleaming star sculptures bearing symbols, messages and inspirational quotes from veterans and first responders. These letters and shapes are cut out of the material and lit colorfully from within, projecting onto the ground at night. One of the stars also has swirl design elements that also illuminate the surrounding area.

Next to these stars is a majestic “waving flag” display. It’s easy to imagine this becoming a popular spot for gathering and reflection on patriotic holidays like Independence Day and Veteran’s Day.

One of the “star” attractions of the park is sure to be the solar system display, centered around a brilliant sun sculpture with “gyroscopic” rings of metal and multi-colored translucent inserts. This section has an art installation and name for each planet, arranged to demonstrate the considerable range of distances between the planetary orbits. Each planet will be illuminated at night for a colorful display.

The concentric circles start very close together, showing how the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars hug the inside of the solar system. Accordingly, the orbits become much more distant from one another as we travel outward, with Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto rounding out the solar system. It’s a visually stunning and awe-inspiring way to contemplate Earth’s modest place in our solar system, galaxy, and universe.

A carefully placed stand of bamboo trees divides this solar system area from the parking lot, creating a visual and conceptual buffer between areas and adding a non-typical tree line for great photo opportunities on either side.

Decorated, line-of-sight walkways connect the various areas of the park, making this a great place to stretch your legs and explore. There are internally-lit star sculptures suspended over water for a celestial effect. There’s also a traffic circle with shaded seating for TIM shuttle passengers.

Stars and Stripes Park is in the conceptual stages of planning and is proposed to open in the summer of 2023.


E-bike Share Program

Residents’ well-being is woven deeply into Tradition’s original design and ongoing mission — from social activities and classes to on-site medical care. Amenities like the Tradition Trail (T Trail) and the expansive parklands that surround it are a fantastic way to commune with nature while staying fit. Meanwhile, the autonomous TIM (Tradition In Motion) shuttle service provides a free way for friends to explore Tradition’s offerings.

Coming this fall, a new program will further expand Tradition’s wellness offerings. We will introduce a complimentary e-bike share program (available for homeowners only) that will allow residents to pick up an e-bike at Town Square and Talk-in-the-park, with conveniently-located charging stations around the community.

The bikes may be ridden throughout Tradition, including the entire T Trail and Tradition Square, then returned at any e-bike station. This keeps them charged and ready for the next resident to use. We ask that the e-bikes not be used to leave the Tradition community premises.

Using the program will be simple. Tradition residents can download a simple smartphone app to find, unlock, ride and return an e-bike. The app will also provide you with an updated map of the Tradition community for easy navigation — both on and off the trails.

As for the bikes themselves, they couldn’t be any more fun to ride. You can pedal to your heart’s content, then engage the pedaling assistance whenever you want for a powerful burst of effort-free speed. The swift acceleration will bring a smile to your face — perhaps reminding you of carefree childhood days — while the slight effort of balancing and steering keeps your mind firmly focused on the immediate joy and discovery of the present moment. (That’s a state of mind most of us should try to experience more often!)

The benefits of this e-bike program are many. Pedaling for even a short distance can lead to positive health benefits and reduced stress, especially if you use the e-bike program regularly. Using the e-bikes is also eco-friendly, reducing your environmental impact greatly.

Best of all, using these speedy e-bikes may very well be the fastest and most worry-free mode of transportation available at Tradition!

 


Tower Refurbishing

From the very beginning, Tradition has been fulfilling the promise of a community that nourishes the body and mind while entertaining and uplifting the spirit. The plan has always been to complement this prime Treasure Coast location and wellness-focused lifestyle with thought-provoking art that attracts the attention and moves the soul.

From outdoor art installations across the open green spaces to the gigantic, upcoming HEART sculpture to the consistent styling of the TIM shuttles, Tradition has been noticeably demonstrating this commitment to vibrant visuals with meaning. Already underway is another high-profile example of aesthetic improvements that will be evident at the community entranceway residents (and visitors) see daily.

The entrance towers are ready for a refresh. These iconic towers are being revitalized with fresh paint and updated stonework to create a clean and even more exciting look. This lends itself to a spirit of optimism and Florida-style fun while adding to the community’s beautiful aesthetic.

These towers are icons for residents — representing home, community and the one-of-a-kind Tradition lifestyle — and boldly announcing, “you have arrived in Tradition.” Improvements like these are ongoing and will continue to set the standard for current and future residents’ high expectations for the Tradition experience.


Town Square Event Green

As one of the nation’s most celebrated master-planned communities, Tradition has always put a strong emphasis on community. Each of our amenities — from the extensive T Trail to the free TIM autonomous shuttle service — foster friendship and an overall sense of positive, neighborly spirit.

One of Tradition’s most popular amenities is focused on socializing and fun. The Town Square Event Green is another central location for celebrating Tradition life. It’s an open green space that’s both relaxing and versatile, promoting health and well-being in everyone who takes advantage of it.

This family-friendly area plays host to open-air events year-round — giving you plenty of time to meet and greet friends and neighbors, new and old. This space is used to enjoy Fourth of July celebrations, attend live concerts, browse green markets, sample the fare at food truck invasions, view New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganzas and so much more.

However, special events aren’t the only way for people to enjoy this amenity. Every day is a good day to visit! There’s a lot to be said for the simple pleasures of such a playful play space. From reading to kite flying to stargazing, everything’s better at the Event Green.

Adults can enjoy the Event Green, too, as a centralized meeting space with a hip, urban feel. Of course, with connectivity being another overarching theme of Tradition life, the Green is conveniently placed for easy access to both the TIM shuttle and e-bike share programs.

With its prime location in the heart of Town Square (just steps away from Town Hall, Dockside, shops and restaurants), the Event Green is a beacon of community togetherness and a sure source of fulfilling engagement with friends and neighbors. It encourages you to live your best life enjoying food, drink and entertainment in the great outdoors. All you’ll need is a lawn chair!


Giant HEART installation approved

One of Tradition’s proposed amenities will soon become a reality, while rising immediately to the rarified level of world-class status. “HEART in the Park” will be a stunning and iconic new community space centered around a gleaming, metallic art installation that will be the largest heart sculpture in the world.

As of June 13, 2022, the City Council and Public Art Advisory Board of Port St. Lucie have both unanimously approved Tradition’s public art proposal for the project. Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin stated that it will position the area as a “cultural destination” that strengthens community spirit.

The Heart and its accompanying visitor center will occupy a raised public plaza along Tradition Trail, at the intersection of Discovery Way and Village Parkway. The grounds will be aligned with the pedestrian walkway and promenade from the Shoppes at the Heart project. There will be vehicle, golf cart and bicycle parking in addition to public seating and gathering areas, making this prominent and memorable new landmark a natural focal point for public events.

The Heart itself will shine brilliantly, accenting its whimsically curved shape and reflecting the green grass and blue skies that surround it. Residents can enter the HEART via a doorway in its circular pedestal, climb upstairs and emerge high above ground on a glass bridge connecting both sides of the HEART’s pointed bottom.

This picturesque catwalk will become an ideal spot for photo opportunities, date nights or even marriage proposals. From this spot in Tradition, people will take photos that will be seen all around the world. That’s sharing the love!

The HEART is the brainchild and creation of JEFRË, a Filipino-American multimedia artist who is no stranger to evocative, large-scale works. His internationally-recognized art installations grace prominent public spaces around Orlando, Philadelphia, Manila and beyond and he was chosen for his ability to create memorable, relatable and inclusive experiences for people. JEFRË explained his vision behind the project, saying “this HEART will be a postcard moment that brings people together.”

First announced in 2021, this project has won the imaginations of everyone involved. Once constructed, it is sure to become a much-visited favorite of residents and visitors. Quite appropriately, the HEART and park are scheduled for public dedication on Valentine’s Day 2023.


Home under construction in Port St. Lucie for Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan

Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 13, 2021
and last updated 5:23 PM, Dec 13, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A retired Marine who bravely served our country is receiving a new home thanks to the Helping a Hero organization.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning for a custom-designed home for retired Marine Sgt. Christian Fleming and his family.

Fleming served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2008.

His company served on Task Force Tarawa, the name given to the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The unit was responsible for securing the city of An Nasiriya, also known as Ambush Alley.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and retired Marine Sgt. Christian Fleming at groundbreaking ceremony for new home, Dec. 13, 2021

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (left) and retired Marine Sgt. Christian Fleming at a groundbreaking ceremony in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for Fleming’s new home.

While Fleming was working with the Department of Defense and training local Afghans, he lost both of his legs after an improvised explosive device detonated.

“We fought like dogs and took the city so the rest of the teams could roll north to take Baghdad,” Fleming said. “Most of us left as kids, but we all came back as men.”

Once it is complete, the wheelchair-accessible home will have four bedrooms and three baths for Fleming and his family.

“Daily life is just not going to be a task anymore. It’s not going to be a struggle. I can wake up and have a bad leg day and not have to put my prosthetics on. I can stay in the chair and be mobile in the house and be active,” Fleming said. “I can go outside with the guys. We can take the dog out. Everything’s going to be easier.”

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., was among the officials who attended Monday morning’s ceremony.

Mast was serving in Afghanistan with the Army’s 28th Ordnance Company when he stepped on an IED and lost both of his legs in 2010.

 


‘Construction is booming’ and Mattamy Homes hiring in St. Lucie County

Florida Realtors reports home sales remain strong. Last month single-family home sales rose 23% compared to last year. In places like St. Lucie County, there’s limited inventory and a demand to built.

It’s a buyers market in southwest St. Lucie County and Mattamy Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in North America, is on deadline building inventory.

“Construction is booming and we need people,” Steven Dassa, Mattamy Homes vice-president of operations, said. “And more so in Tradition in Port St. Lucie, the third fastest-growing community in the country.”

About 172 homes being are being built in the Manderlie community. A 55-and-older community is next, followed by eight others.

“Different ages from young to older communities,” Mattamy Homes warranty manager Brian Price said.

The company said it’s also seeing more customers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties take advantage of upwards of 40% off housing costs, which equates to jobs from architecture to construction and accounting.

“We need trades people — plumbers, electricians, the roofer and concrete masons,” Dassa said. “And then we need the managers to take care of them and to schedule them and to get them paid properly on time.”

Dassa said as these properties expand, so will the positions.

“We’ll need construction managers, new home consultants and warranty technicians,” he said.

Mattamy Homes says they’ve secured building 10,000 homes in the St. Lucie County market alone. To learn more about job opportunities, click here.

By: Arthur Mondale


New high school in Tradition moves closer to August classes as building walls rise on Feb. 16

The newest high school in St. Lucie County gets a big lift on Feb. 16 as the walls of its state-of-the art classrooms go up. Mattamy Homes and Charter Schools USA will celebrate the moment at 1 p.m. with a ceremony on-site at Tradition Preparatory High School.

“This is another step forward in Mattamy Homes’ vision for education at Tradition,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy President of Southeast Florida Division. “Students completing  lower grades will no longer have to leave their community for high school and they will receive superior education in the sciences.”

Mattamy Homes is underwriting part of the cost for the WISH program, which stands for Wellness, Innovation, Science and Health. As master developer of Tradition, the company is helping to create state-of-the-art labs,  supporting the school by designing its lobby and labs to give it a “Google HQ” look, and creating opportunities to connect the school with healthcare and innovative enterprises in the community.

“WISH will be at the center of our curriculum, which will include advanced placement courses and an international diploma, said principal Teresa Brown. “Our emphasis on preparation for higher education and our modern facilities will make our graduates more competitive college applicants and better prepared for rewarding careers.”

Tradition Preparatory High School will initially serve students in grade 9 and 10, adding a grade each year. Enrollment opened in December and will continue through the summer. Classes start in August. For more information, visit traditionprep.org.

The high school is part of the Charter Schools USA family of schools and is governed by Renaissance Charter School, Inc., which has been operating a network of the highest-performing charter schools in Florida for over a decade including the State of Florida’s first National Blue Ribbon Charter School. Renaissance Charter School at Tradition serves grades K-8.

ABOUT MATTAMY HOMES

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its US head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, Southeast Florida, and Dallas – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.

ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS USA

Founded by Jonathan Hage in 1997, CSUSA is one of the largest and highest performing education management companies in the United States serving more than 70,000 students and employing more than 8500 educators. Each year more than 10,000 students are on waiting lists. CSUSA is the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through Cognia, so every school managed by CSUSA automatically earns accreditation within its first year of operation. In the state of Florida, CSUSA high school’s average graduation rate of 93 percent exceeded the state average of 87 percent in 2019. In the 2020-2021 school year, CSUSA is operating nearly 100 schools in five states.


For Valentine’s Day, Mattamy Homes unveils design for iconic ‘Heart’ sculpture at Tradition

Mattamy Homes has commissioned international artist JEFRË to design and construct a vibrant “heart” of Tradition, a meeting place  where people can hang out, interact, and spark new connections. The soaring, 100-foot heart-shaped sculpture will be the tallest of its kind in the world.

“Like the Bean in Chicago, the HEART will draw residents and visitors to an experience unlike any other,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy President of Southeast Florida Division. “People will revel in the sculpture’s sunlight brilliance and dramatic evening illumination.”

The sculpture, with its gentle twist, will rise above a circular pedestal measuring 30 feet in diameter, recalling St. Louis’s iconic Gateway Arch. The sun will create reflections on the HEART’s stainless steel, polished surface whose appearance will transform nightly with LED lights.

Those who climb the glass bridge connecting the two sides of the HEART will have far-reaching views in all directions. The landmark will be visible from Tradition’s main entrance near Interstate 95 , attracting visitors who want to share a moment at the sculpture with their friends online.

“Tradition is what is in your heart. I just want to show how big it can be,” said JEFRË, whose works include “Reflection” in Philadelphia and “Heaven’s Gate” in Manila.

The HEART is currently under construction at JEFRË’s studios in central Florida. Mattamy Homes will build the foundation at the intersection of Discovery Way and Village Parkway. Installation is expected to be completed in time for a public dedication on Valentine’s Day 2022.

ABOUT MATTAMY HOMES

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Dallas, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.

ABOUT JEFRË

JEFRË (born Jefre Figueras Manuel) is a Filipino-American artist currently residing in Central Florida. He has created numerous site-specific artworks in major cities around the world including "Reflection" (2010) in Philadelphia’s Unity Plaza, "The Beacon" and "Code Wall" (2014) in Orlando and "Heaven’s Gate" (2019) in Manila. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition “Points of Connection” debuted in October 2020 at Orlando Museum of Art. JEFRË is currently working on a 24- story high sculpture titled "The Victor." Located at a bridge connecting the cities of Pasig and Quezon in the Philippines, the sculpture will be one of the world’s tallest artworks. JEFRË will also be the featured artist at Virgin Fest, the inaugural music festival from Richard Branson, with over 60 of his sculptures installed on the festival grounds. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition “Points of Connection” debuted in October 2020 at Orlando Museum of Art.www.jefre.org


First residents move into Manderlie, Mattamy Homes’ inaugural single-family community at Tradition

They knew Manderlie was home. Lauren Shade and Ryan Mitchell Wasso had looked at many communities, but when they came to Mattamy Homes’ first development at Tradition, they found what they wanted in the single-family Aspen floorplan.

“We appreciate the unique architectural design compared to other homes in this area,” Shade and Wasso say. “The gas appliance package, impact windows and covered lanai were also deciding factors. No other community has better standard options.”

The couple will gain hundreds of neighbors in coming months, as Mattamy Homes constructs 173 single-family homes based on 10 floorplan designs. The Aspen Contemporary has two bedrooms and two baths, with a two-car garage and flex space for a work-at-home professional or another bedroom. The owner’s suite features a large walk-in closet and a spacious covered lanai for relaxation or private entertainment.

“Being the first buyers to move in was really special to us,” say Shade and Wasso. “We were the first to tour the homes as well, so we were super-excited to also be the first to move in. We appreciate how supportive the Mattamy Homes team has been and can’t wait for the memories to come.”

Manderlie offers 10 home designs ranging from the Lilac at 1,330 sq. ft. to the Rowan at 3,200 sq. ft.. Floor plans range from 2 to 6 bedrooms and 2 to 4 baths. Plenty of homes are being fast-tracked for quick move-in.  Prices start in the $200s.

Mattamy employs certified architects to design homes to meet modern lifestyles and make best use of all space. As the master developer of Tradition, the company connects residents to their greater community. For Manderlie homeowners that means being at the head of the Tradition Trail, or T Trail. The mobility network, the first of its kind in South Florida within a planned development, provides experiential trailheads for bicyclists, pedestrians and riders in electric, autonomous vehicles to enjoy. For a limited time, Mattamy is offering a complimentary e-bike to those who purchase a home at Manderlie so that every resident can enjoy the T Trail.  

“At Manderlie, we are committed to innovation that gives our homeowners a higher quality of life,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy President of Southeast Florida Division. “We will do the same with Telaro, an active adult, 55-plus community with 400-plus homesites and resort-style amenities, which is ready to break ground.”

Manderlie is located at 11972 SW Lyra Drive in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The sales office is open Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-6 p.m. and all other days from 10-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 772-2017-0057. For more information and to take virtual tours of home designs, visit https://mattamyhomes.com/southeastflorida/communities/port-st-lucie-manderlie-tradition.aspx.

ABOUT MATTAMY HOMES

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its US head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida, and most recently Dallas/Fort Worth – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.