WAXAHACHIE

Waxahachie residents are one step closer to yet another housing option after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Cottages at Cantrell at its Tuesday night meeting.

The project is under the direction of Aspen Community Development. Homes in the development are designed and built in clusters of seven and eight. The subdivision looks to be constructed east of 865 Cantrell Street.

Blain Vinson, Aspen Community Development, informed the commission that all of the concerns previously raised about the development have been reviewed and addressed.

“There were concerns about density and concerns about the aesthetics of the garages that we addressed,” Vinson said. “We have decreased the density from 86 to 73 cottages while maintaining at least 60 percent green space without the entire 17 acres.”

Vinson stated he feels the project provides future residents with housing options that are not currently available in the city.

Homes range in size from 965 square feet to 1,725 square feet with four floorplan options. Detached garages are also close to the residences. Some of the standard features of these homes include solid surface countertops, solid core doors, hardwood floors, cased windows, and energy efficient appliances.

A homeowners association will maintain the landscaping and roadways within the development as well as all open spaces, walking trails, dog park, and gym.

Each of the cluster homes shares a building known as a carriage house that ranges in size from 650-750 square feet. The carriage house provides a space for community gatherings and private events. They feature an outdoor patio, a living area, restrooms, and a full-size kitchen.

A pedestrian bridge will be built from the development crossing a creek into the Bullard Park. Funds will be used to enhance and add amenities to the existing park.

Vinson stated homes like this are an excellent fit for a young professional or a retired person who does not want to move into an apartment.

Waxahachie resident James Moon encouraged commissioners to support the project that will only add to the city.

“I have been in Ellis County since 1996, and the big complaint about Ellis County is that there are not enough housing choices like areas such as like North Dallas,” Moon said. “There are people that are aching to see these types of projects come into Waxahachie. This project is something that could raise the flag significantly in Waxahachie.”

Another resident, Cole Morgan, told the commission the development is a win for the area.

“When I see this development I see a low impact economically on the city and the school. They are going to spend their money in Waxahachie but not be a burden,” Morgan said. “I feel like it is a great opportunity to have something that is nice. It will be nice to have a beautiful place that is different than what is around.”