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March 5, 2014

WHO WE ARE: Projects point Goshen back to the future

New and re-purposed housing will further city’s revitalization



New housing

Brinson said two styles of residential development are planned south of the Hawks on the east side of the millrace. Both development groups plan to break ground this year, he said.

Single-family homes will be built on the southern portion of that new housing area, with townhomes and flats on the northern part. Richard Miller Construction, as part of the Millrace Neighborhood group, is developing the former and Matthews LLC the latter. A park area will be between those housing projects and the Hawks.

The new developments will have different looks. That said, their developers have a similar goal of building a sense of community.

“Across the country the biggest demographic in America right now is the millenials, and the second largest are the Baby Boomers,” said David Matthews of Matthews LLC. “And both are transitioning into urban housing and away from suburban life.”

There’s an opportunity in Goshen to be part of this national trend, according to Matthews. People can have the opportunity to be in a more community-focused neighborhood — they can walk to shop, eat and maybe work.

“When you’re walking, that gives you the opportunity to interact with people you wouldn’t necessarily call up and have a conversation with,” Matthews said. “But you can build that familiarity by having those chance encounters if you’re living in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. That’s what we look to be a part of.”

For his part, Miller is looking ahead to a co-housing community — a neighborhood where people want to be neighbors, he said. The idea is to foster interaction. “Cottage housing,” basically single-family homes surrounding a courtyard area, will be the theme. The parcel runs from Douglas to Purl streets.

Miller said the homes will be designed to be energy-efficient, and wheelchair-accessible without the use of an elevator. Within parameters, they’ll be designed to client specifications.

Plans also call for a common house or community building. The mailboxes will be placed there “so that we have people walking through the community at least once a day,” Miller said.

Ten people have already put down deposits for housing in the parcel.

“It’s showing me there are people who want an old-time neighborly community,” Miller said. “... People who are interested in living in a community where people are mixing.”

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