Developer changing plans for niche neighborhood

CROWN POINT | A shift in market demand is prompting a request by Ellendale Farm developers to revise the design of homes planned on some lots in the subdivision’s Old Town Village section.

Developers Tom and Ryan Fleming will seek Plan Commission approval in February to add a one-level ranch, a 1.5 story and two two-story single-family home designs to the Old Town Village existing lineup of a variety of two-story paired town home designs.

Old Town Village was conceived about a decade ago as a 70-lot niche neighborhood within the larger Ellendale Farm subdivision, Ryan Fleming said.

Because it originally received planning board approval as a planned unit development, any design revisions also require the board’s approval.

Buyer demands had changed by the time the economy began emerging recently from a slowdown, prompting the request to offer the four additional design options for Old Town Village, Fleming said.

Many empty-nesters are “looking to get into a home with no stairs, and they’re done with having all those bedrooms,”  Fleming said.

Younger buyers “are not excited about being in paired houses, they want stand alone,” Fleming said.

Square footage of the proposed new floor plans, along with building materials, will be comparable to what is currently being built in Old Town Village, Fleming said.

“They’re cut from the same cloth. We’re adding some new floor plans and adding some separation,” Fleming said. “They will have the same feel as what we originally sought but would be slightly altered.”

Old Town Village was conceived as a smaller, closer knit, traditional neighborhood within Ellendale Farm’s layout of mostly larger homes on larger lots.

A total 22 of the 70 lots have been installed and 10 homes already are built in Old Town Village, Fleming said.