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A New Neighborhood Approach, Harmony Cottages

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Starts On - July 25, 2018 - 4:30pm
Ends On - July 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
4015 S Taft Hill Rd
Fort Collins , CO 80526

Habitat for Humanity’s Harmony Cottages, which just broke ground late last year, was planned with the goal of building 50 new affordable homes by 2020. This ambitious goal to meet the growing need for affordable living in Fort Collins required a new neighborhood approach that could keep individual costs down.

Join Fort Collins’ Mayor and City Manager, Wade Troxell and Darin Atteberry, and the Harmony Cottages design team members for a tour of the site. Learn about how the design team was given the charge to develop a dense, energy-efficient site with a great community atmosphere. The team used a blend of New Urbanism and Pocket Neighborhood concepts to design a unique duplex housing style and a community court, enabling the project to expand from 30 to 48 units while preserving 40% of open space.

In consultation with the City of Fort Collins Utilities’ Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP), the architect designed the homes to be near net zero, meeting the constraints of affordable housing and volunteer labor and ensuring that all units could accommodate solar panels. Total solar costs have been fully funded, keeping homeowner utility costs down, thanks to generous donations from New Belgium, Namaste Solar, Kyocera, and City of Fort Collins Utilities Department.

Donations to Habitat for Humanity will be accepted onsite. Any donation amount is welcome and appreciated.