Union designed Sweetbriar’s community masterplan, which incorporates 47 affordable units in 23 freestanding buildings, based on the principals of Traditional Neighborhood Design. The plan articulates the locations of single family homes and community spaces that form several distinct neighborhoods within the overall community.
Planned for a community with a notorious fear of affordable housing, it was critical that the design avoid the appearance of “project” housing. The masterplan was designed to emphasize the community aspects of the neighborhood and to provide an image (and function) of a traditional street. Duplex units were combined under single roof lines in a variety of configurations to suggest the scale and detail of the single family homes in the adjacent neighborhoods.
“Open space,” instead of existing as left over buffer, was purposefully designed to provide a setting for community life. Many of the adjacent neighborhoods which objected so strongly in the initial stages have come to embrace it as an extension of their own.
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