A prime piece of Venice real estate will not be the home of a new development- instead, it will be an urban forest.

Venice Area Beautification Chairman Greg Vine told ABC-7 the idea is to keep a natural space just that- nature.

The land is being donated by Sarasota County- the City of Venice is donating the use of reclaimed water for irrigation. All the trees, bird habitats, and ponds that will go in- will all be paid for with private donations. Phase one of the project is now underway- its expected to be done in 2-3 years.