Town OKs 268-lot housing proposal

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Parkview Village will have 268 single-family lots north of U.S. 40 and east of County Road 700W in Cumberland.

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CUMBERLAND — Officials approved a proposal for 268 homes on the town’s east end.

Connection Heights LLC is pursuing the development, called Parkview Village, on just over 100 acres north of U.S. 40 and east of County Road 700W. The developer is a partnership between Braun Property Development LLC and Renewing Management LLC, the latter of which also owns Eastway Court Apartments just to the east of the site.

D.R. Horton is the builder for the neighborhood. Plans call for 33 estate lots 70 feet wide and 130 feet deep anticipated to sell in the low $400,000 range. There will also be 171 lots 60 feet long and 130 feet deep for D.R. Horton’s Legacy product anticipated in the high $300,000 range. Then there’ll be 64 cottages with rear-load garages and alleys behind the homes anticipated in the low $300,000 range.

Cumberland Town Council unanimously approved a planned unit development for the project, which establishes the standards that will have to be met as it unfolds. The decision followed the town plan commission’s favorable recommendation last week.

“We’re trying to get the right growth in Cumberland,” said Breck Terheide, a Cumberland Town Council member. “We’ve been working toward that for years; that’s been our whole game plan.”

The planned unit development aligns with that right growth, he continued, particularly the anticipated housing prices.

“I think that’s going to help house values and help the residents of Cumberland,” Terheide said. “It’s a good area to grow in.”

The area is in need of housing, he also said, echoing a point made by Cumberland’s assistant town manager Christine Owens at last week’s plan commission meeting. She noted the town currently has fewer than 100 lots on which to develop single-family homes. A housing gap analysis endorsed by the town and others last year estimates a demand of 2,500 units by 2030 for the Mt. Comfort Corridor.

Parkview Village is planned in three phases, the first of which is anticipated to start in May with lots ready to sell by the end of the year.

The community will also have a central linear park spanning between the neighborhood’s north and south ends, with a constructed wetland meandering through that will also function for stormwater purposes.

Other potential amenities include community gardens, a splash pad, dog park and playground.

“We wanted to create a template for future mixed-use developments that are built on a foundation of sustainable designs and creating a dynamic destination for the community to reside, enjoy and celebrate,” said Adam Braun of Braun Property Development.

Cumberland officials and Connection Heights are eyeing about 22 acres just to the south of Parkview Village, at the northeast corner of U.S. 40 and County Road 700W, for a mixed-use development to be called Cumberland Station. Leaders want that to be the site of a town center — a central gathering space for the community linked to shopping, recreation and residential opportunities.

Connection Heights anticipates being back before town officials to discuss the specifics of that development later this spring or summer.