Neighborhood North of 56th to Become “Tiny Town”

tiny homeWith the Willow Park East and Wicker Park neighborhoods up and running, Forest City has turned its attention to developing the area north of 56th. With some big ideas and a large number of Green Book issues to address, Forest City came up with some small solutions. “There is a new trend in America where people are interested in living small,” said Forest City Spokesperson Janelle Ayers. “I mean really small. Stapleton is known for its giant, beautiful homes, but we thought, we can still do beautiful, but maybe scaled down.” Ayers says Forest City plans to build an entire neighborhood using the “tiny home” concept. “This is going to be big. Not the homes, but the idea, obviously.” Forest City sees a lot of opportunity with the idea, from a revenue standpoint, and from a public relations perspective. “We have not really kept up with our promises from the standpoint of affordable homes,” said Ayers. But, we can easily drop three to four times the number of units in this neighborhood as we do with typical Stapleton homes. We can sell those units at ‘affordable’ prices, but still maximize price per square foot. This is really going to be a win for the community, and more importantly, a win for us.” Many residents do not share Forest City’s enthusiasm. “I don’t think that is the right way to address a lack of socioeconomic diversity,” said resident Stew Walker. “Building an entire neighborhood of tiny homes borders being disrespectful. And frankly, I don’t think people are going to flock to these homes.” Sarah Lang agrees. “Who is going to want to live in a tiny, ‘luxury’ home?” asks Lang. “Especially when you are putting them all in one neighborhood, as if it’s some sort of really nice internment camp. More than likely, it will just end up being a bunch of unsold homes and a place for people to take their kids instead of driving all the way to Tiny Town.” Ayers and Forest City are predicting demand will be big for these little homes. “We know there are going to be detractors,” said Ayers. “There always are. But, c’mon, it’s Stapleton. We are the best, and everyone wants to live here. I’m not so sure we couldn’t build huts and not get buyers. By the way, we can’t build huts due to a fire code issue, as we have already looked into that. Anyway, we have all the confidence in the world that these homes will sell.” Little by little, these homes probably will sell. ]]>

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