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May 5, 2013

Public can review housing proposals

GOSHEN — City residents have an opportunity to review two housing plans that could change the makeup of a millrace neighborhood and then ask questions about those projects.

Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rieth Interpretive Center, 410 W. Plymouth Ave., the River Race Advisory Committee will meet to consider the proposals. The committee was formed to make suggestions about projects along the millrace to the Goshen Redevelopment Commission.

The commission asked earlier this year for proposals to develop about 6 acres of former factory property on the east side of the millrace, from Douglas Street on the south to  Monroe Street to the north. Third Street is just to the east.

“We don’t see this as a closed community. It is just as we have down Third Street — houses on both sides and be walkable. Both by people who are living here and who are walking through,” said Richard Miller as he stood in the middle of the property Thursday.

Miller, a Goshen building contractor, is leading one of the proposals.

The Miller team proposal calls for the construction of Arts & Crafts homes, which are common throughout Goshen. He said his group has created a pattern books based on the architectural style of homes in the millrace area. Homes will be built by local contractors for clients who want to live in the new neighborhood.

“These will be custom designed for those clients and the architectural elements will be from those pattern books. But they won’t all be alike,” Miller  said.

Most of the homes will be single-story, according to Miller, but some might be 1 1/2 stories and a few might have basements.

The neighborhood would surround a shared open space. Miller calls the concept co-housing.

He said deposits have already been placed by several people who want to have homes built around that concept.

The second proposal is by Matthews LLC of South Bend. The company could not be reached for this article. Developer David Matthews told the Redevelopment Commission April 9 that he would like to build townhouses of up to three stories. The townhouses would sit back from the millrace to allow for public access to the waterway. Homes and flats in the complex would range from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet.

Committee members

Serving on the Millrace Advisory Committee are: Eric Kurtz, chairman Mayor Allan Kauffman, Community Development Director Mark Brinson, city engineer Mary Cripe, Chamber of Commerce President David Daugherty, Rachel Eisenhour, Connie Graber, Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Sheri Howland, Leah Hunsberger, Richard Miller, Andrea Milne, Ruth Pletcher, Elkhart County Council member Tom Stump, Goshen City Council Member Jeremy Stutsman and Rhonda Yoder.

The proposals can be reviewed online at www.goshenindiana.org/content/redevelopment

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