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Narrow, single-family homes proposed in Eagle

Special to the Vail Daily

EAGLE,. Colorado –An information sheet describing the proposed Wolcott Street planned unit development says the project is “a new kind of design for Eagle.”

The plan for the 1.86 acre property delivers on that statement. The project proposes 15 single-family homes at the east end of Sixth Street as the first phase. A later phase would include Highway 6 commercial space.

It’s the design and density of the 15 proposed homes that’s generating discussion about the plan. Edge LLC has proposed building homes based on the “Portland narrow-lot design.” The 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.

Rusty Thrasher, one of the principals involved with Edge LLC, said he came across the narrow house design and fell in love with the product. He noted Portland, Ore., sponsored a contest to come up with a viable house plan for narrow lots.

“We are going to model our project after the winning house design,” he said.

He says it is a viable design for Eagle in general and the Wolcott Street location in particular. “A straight line is really what we have to work with,” he said. “It’s our opinion that single-family homes are what people want.

“With a little density, it can be an affordable project. That’s where the sales are happening right now,” Thrasher said. He said the houses would likely sell in the $350,000 range.

But to achieve the price point and overall project vision, Edge LLC is requesting an increase in the approved density for the site. Several years ago, Eagle approved a plan for the property that included nine single-family lots. However, that approval was never finalized.

Thrasher believes that by conceding extra density at the site, the town will be meeting several of its development goals.

First, Thrasher says, the Wolcott Street project would be an infill development for Eagle’s west end. The redevelopment of the U.S. Highway 6 corridor is a long-term goal for the town.

Second, the project proposal connects Seventh Street to Sixth Street and improving road connections is another Eagle goal. Thrasher added that providing various housing types is another goal of the community and that the project would be built within energy efficiency and green construction guidelines.

Opposition to the plan has been voiced by neighboring property owners. Their concerns have centered around the high density proposal and the plan to connect Sixth and Seventh streets. Last month, the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposal, citing density and other concerns.

Thrasher noted the plan does represent a departure from what Eagle has seen to date, but it is an attainable proposal considering the property involved.

“We think we are meeting the goals of the town,” Thrasher said.

The Wolcott Street proposal will go to the Eagle Town Board for consideration next week at the regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.

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