A Charlotte-based development company is planning to build 18 new housing units in a development on Beaumont Avenue in Elizabeth.
Called the “Towers at Mattie Rose,” the development will include “duets” and “triets,” or duplexes and triplexes. Matthew Ewers, president of Grandfather Homes, said the site will offer skyline views and an urban design. Starting in the low $600,000-range, the development will target affluent millennials and baby boomers seeking an urban lifestyle in a close-in neighborhood.
“We are encouraged by Charlotte buyers to embrace new urbanism, a concept where smaller homes in close proximity to local conveniences are preferred to larger homes with expendable amenities,” Ewers said. He said the compact site offered architects the chance to design buildings of different sizes with features such as cantilevered decks to maximize the density they could get while keeping the neighborhood interesting.
“Our folks are really excited about the site,” he said.
One unique feature of the development will be a “woonerf.” That’s a Dutch word that means “living yard.” Ewers said the streets accessing the site will have different textures and open spaces for vegetation to grow. That will encourage drivers to slow down without the use of speed bumps or other more obvious traffic measures.
“You’ll naturally drive slower,” said Ewers. He said it will serve as both a “a roadway and, aesthetically, a gathering space for outdoor living.”
The houses will be 2,200 to 2,800 square feet, and will include three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Mermans Architecture is designing the houses, while Intelligent Design, Tammy Coulter Design and Abate Design Group are also working on the project.