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Eagle debates narrow homes

EAGLE, Colorado –Eagle Town Board members readily agreed the proposed Wolcott Street project on the west end represents a move toward the community’s stated goal of growing within the town rather than on the outskirts.

What they are not so sure about is if the project really works for Eagle.

The Wolcott Street plan, presented to the town board this week, calls for 15 single-family homes and some U.S. Highway 6 commercial space on a narrow 1.86 acre parcel commonly called the Buchholz property. The proposed houses are tall and skinny – covering 1,500 square feet on two levels. The average lot size would be 2,500 square feet, so the properties would have very small back yards and the 15 houses would be built in close proximity to one another.

“This is a popular trend that is happening all over the country,” said Jena Skinner-Markowitz, project planner. She called the Wolcott Street plan a unique proposal that combines green building practices, sustainable living principals and affordability. She also noted the plan meets many of the objectives of both the town’s growth policies and the West End redevelopment plan that is currently being formulated.

But neighbors of the project called it something else – too crowded. Tommy Hymes, a resident of the neighboring parcel on Sixth Street, said he is not opposed to development on the parcel, but he urged the town to look at a much lower density – in the neighborhood of seven units.

A number of other Eagle residents spoke in favor of the plan, saying it represented a new and intriguing residential product for the town.

The town board will tour the site and contiuning review the proposal at its May 11 meeting.

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