Members of Aspen Community Development will present their final plans for the Cottages on Cantrell subdivision to the Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission on May 14.
The project looks to build about 73 cottage style homes along with eight clubhouse buildings to be used by residents. If approval is given by the commission and later the city council, developers hope to start construction in the fourth quarter of this year.
Vice President of Aspen Community Development Blain Vinson said the project provides people with another housing option that is not available in the city. It gives people who want something smaller rather than moving into an apartment complex. The idea for this cottage style development came about after a visit to Seattle.
“We took a trip up the Pacific Northwest to look at an idea that we were told about from some architects and that was the cottage concept,” Vinson told the Sun. “So, we flew up to Seattle and visited several of the developments up there.
“We were really intrigued of how that worked and the camaraderie of the people that lived there, the intimacy of how it looked and the overall happiness of the homeowners,” he said. “We thought that we needed to bring that to Texas.”
The 73 cottages will be spread out over eight neighborhoods or pods. They will range in size from 945 square feet to 1,766 square feet and have from one to three bedrooms.
Each cottage will feature high-end amenities such as hardwood floors, granite countertops and quality appliances.
“The way that it is laid out is you have got cottages surrounding the common space with the garages being off-site and more like an apartment garage rather than in the back of your house,” he said. “The whole idea is to create more of a community sense and bring everyone together.
“They can park their car in their garage but, when they get out of their garage, they have to walk through the community to get to their own place,” he said. “It brings everyone outdoors. The common space in the middle just invites gatherings. It could be a garden, a common green space or it could be just strictly for flowers.”
Each pod will feature a carriage house that can be used for community events or family gatherings like a birthday party. The Cottages on Cantrell will also include a 24-hour gym, a dog park, a walking trail and a homeowners association that will provide landscaping services for residents and public spaces. The development will feature 60-percent green space.
“What we tried to do is to create something for a young professional or an empty nester,” Vinson said. “What I’m driving for is not to make it a 65-plus community but have it be for anyone that might want a smaller home. Perhaps they are just downsizing and they live in a 3,000-square foot house and don’t want to go to an apartment.
“Most of those people have to go to an apartment,” he said. “There is just nothing else available. This kind of fills that gap.”
The project has been through planning and zoning before, when it had to get the approval of a planned development. At the May 14 meeting, the developers will present their final completed plans, including civil and landscaping plans, to provide the commission with information on the layout of water and sewer lines, streets and design standards.
The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 14 in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 401 S. Rogers St. The meeting is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend.
For more information about the development, city staff can be reached at 469-309-4000.