Breaking ground on new middle housing zoning in region
Readers and homeowners in single family dwelling neighborhoods might be skeptical, curious, or take a wait-an- see attitude toward the new middle housing zoning law with the recent passing of House Bill 2001.
They could see the effects of the bill in action with the new cottage cluster under construction in Oregon City, and notably in the historic Canemah neighborhood of single family homes.
The architecture firm, AriaTouch received some push back from two neighbors who appealed the planning, (and apparently other new developments, filing similar appeals) while other Canemah locals told us they were excited about the cottages, design aesthetic, and the type of desirable demographic of homeowner they believed the cottages would attract.
The cottage cluster homes range in size from 579 to 1,181 square feet with the ground floor footprint ranging from 430 to 700 square feet.
Five homes are being built on three parcels of land totaling 0.45 acres, with parking spots; offer fee simple cottage ownership and shared ownership of land. Then the cottages will provide an opportunity for a sense of community and pride of homeownership that responds to changing household sizes, needs, and ages.
These Oregon Energy Trust Verified cottage homes foster "green living" practices with attention to environment, lower energy usage, and optimal use of natural light, are estimated to be completed in December-January.
Prices range from $389,000-$459,000 for one to two bedrooms, plus a loft.
Canemah Cottages are built with the discerning buyer in mind who appreciates quality of build, thoughtful design, and nature. It is just steps away from the 330-acre Canemah Bluff Nature Park, yet close to the City, just minutes to I-205, 99E, and still near independently owned and operated international restaurants and retail shops in Oregon City's 2018 award-winning Great American Main Street.
AriaTouch will break ground next spring on a similar project across from the City Library in Tigard. These cottages will have a definitive modern angle, compared to the more traditional craftsman at Canemah, given the freedom to design with less restrictive neighborhood characteristics to adopt.
Louise Barakat is a Portland-area realtor.
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