Haverstraw chooses its builder.
Inspired by traditional New England villages, Encore Haverstraw will have a traditional neighborhood design, featuring quaint neighborhood amenities such as a village green, meeting house and general store, as well as neighborhood retail center where residents could eat, shop and socialize. These amenities will be situated in the center of the neighborhood, along the preserved, historic Loop Road.
Along with these amenities, Spectrum Communities will donate 50 acres of wooded land for active and passive recreational use.
The Haverstraw Town Board selected Spectrum Communities in a highly competitive, nationwide bid among 20 of the nation's top developers. Town of Haverstraw Supervisor, Howard T. Phillips Jr., said, "We were impressed by the vision Spectrum had for Encore Haverstraw. We also looked at the neighborhoods Spectrum has built throughout the region and saw Spectrum builds more than beautiful homes; they have an impressive history of working with municipalities to create beautiful, active communities with a strong social fabric, where neighbors really get to know each other. They are also committed to preserving the natural environment of the towns they are in."
The adaptive reuse of existing buildings, including the historic Stewart Hall Meeting House, will protect the site's architectural history. To ensure that Encore Haverstraw takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Letchworth site, a large number of the mature, healthy trees that are a distinctive feature of the site will be preserved throughout the neighborhood.
The neighborhood will be organized around a central commons and the Stewart Hall meeting house, so that the majority of the homes will be no more than a five-minute walk away from these neighborhood amenities. The streets will be designed to accommodate all modes of transportation, including cars and bicycles. Garages will be kept away from the fronts of the houses and will be accessible from rear lanes.
The development will have 450 homes, ranging in style and size, and will be priced from the $300s.
In addition, 50 homes have been set aside to accommodate Haverstraw residents that require more affordable housing.
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|Publication:||Real Estate Weekly|
|Date:||Jun 16, 2004|
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