Harvey Street neighborhood concept revises plans
February 19, 2014
Steamboat Springs — The Harvey Street neighborhood concept planned for Anglers Drive underwent major changes in late 2013 and is preparing to enter the city of Steamboat Springs planning process with a new look.
As originally conceived, Harvey Street was to have multiple building types and products with about 37 total units opening onto courtyards.
Now, the partners behind Harvey Street have eight people signed up for their new concept of 24 single-family homes between $599,000 and $799,000 lining a single street.
"It occurred to us as we were going through it with the city. It really wasn't like kind to what we did at SchoolStreet," said project partner Aileen Sandstedt, referring to a highly touted development by StreetScape in Libertyville, Ill. "We think that we were losing the magic of what we were doing with SchoolStreet."
SchoolStreet was StreetScape's first development featuring semi-custom homes incorporating the design that philosophy architect and best-selling author Sarah Susanka wrote about in "The Not So Big House." All the units in the development face School Street with 26 family home sites and multi-family units in a renovated school building.
Three of the eight people who have signed on for Harvey Street have visited SchoolStreet, Sandstedt said.
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The 24 single-family homes now planned for Harvey Street retain the front-facing porches and side entrances of the original concept, creating energy along the street, Sandstedt said. All will be U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Homes, a benchmark for energy efficiency.
The project is in the design contract phase, and the eight who've already signed on have paid a refundable fee of $2,500 to have an architect walk through the process of designing the interior and “The Not So Big Home” concept with them.
The homes will be between 1,800 and 2,400 square feet, Sandstedt said, but the focus is less on size than on how the home will be used.
The architect starts the design process with questions such as what room do homeowners first want to enter and where do they spend the most time, in order to create a home that has as much usable space as possible.
The homes can be two or three stories, all will have two-car garages and some, especially along Anglers Drive, will have second-story decks facing Emerald Mountain.
The new concept allows for more parking and snow storage than the previous, denser plan.
Sandstedt said the hope is to break ground this summer.
The project has not yet submitted an application to the city planning department, planner Rebecca Bessey said, and likely would need to go through the planned unit development process to create a custom zone district. The land currently is zoned for community commercial, which is intended to provide nodes for commercial services and "office, lodging and residential development," according to the city's code.
The eight design contracts are enough to move forward, Sandstedt said, and the lot contracts will be signed when city approvals are in place.
"The minute we changed (plans), that's when we started getting the commitments," Sandstedt said.