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May 6, 2014

GOSHEN CITY COUNCIL: Townhome project keeps taking shape

GOSHEN — Plans continue to move ahead for a large townhome development project slated for construction along Goshen’s millrace.

Taking their cue from the Goshen Plan Commission, Goshen City Council members Tuesday voted to approve a request by project developer Matthews LLC to rezone a section of millrace property from Industrial Manufacturing-1 District to Commercial Business-2 Planned Unit Development. Plan Commission members originally forwarded the rezoning request on to the City Council with a favorable recommendation during their April 15 meeting.

In addition to the approved rezoning request, council members also voted Tuesday to grant preliminary site plan approval for the development project.

The Matthews LLC townhome project actually makes up one half of a larger, two-part development slated for a six acre stretch of land along Goshen’s millrace. The project has been in the works since early last year.

In general, the idea behind the property’s development involves both Matthews LLC and a second developer, represented by Goshen resident Richard Miller, contributing to the overall scope of the project, with Matthews LLC developing the northern portion of the site, known as “Area B”, and Miller the southern portion of the site, known as “Area A”.

For his part, Matthews’ proposal focuses more on a townhome style of construction, while the Miller proposal draws primarily from the idea of “co-housing,” a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods.

According to David Matthews, owner of Matthews LLC, the Matthews project involves the construction of three townhome-style buildings on the northern portion of the site, each containing approximately eight lots, for a total of 24 townhomes located along the canal.

As stated in the project site plan, the 24 proposed townhomes will range from two to three stories and have a price range between $150,000 and $250,000, depending on the size and amenities of each home.

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