New and continuing local development projects will play an important role as the area transitions into 2014.
The Shadow Creek development, located off of Hunt Road, between Shadyside Avenue and Winch Road, is one significant development project in the area.
Todd Saracki, owner of Carlton Homes, began construction on the development roughly 16 months ago. In that time, more than half of the 38 homes planned for the subdivision have been purchased and built.
Todd Saracki, owner of Carlton Homes, is pictured in front of a home under construction in the Shadow Creek development.
P-J photo by Daniel Swanson
"The homes are targeted for a different generation," Saracki explained, "from people in their 20s to retirees."
The land which Shadow Creek was built on was originally intended to be part of the Huntington Woods development, which borders Shadow Creek and is accessible by Winch Road. Saracki purchased the entire plot of land years ago, with a vision to build a 40-home subdivision. "Back in 2003-05 it wasn't uncommon for people to build larger homes, but between 2005-08, people started buying smaller homes."
For this reason, the Shadow Creek development was created separate from Hunting Woods, which features larger homes, to cater to the current market.
"In this market there is not a lot of building going on. People could buy a 2,500-square-foot home built in the 1950s or 1960s, or they could get a brand-new home for a little bit more."
Saracki noted, "For anyone interested in buying a home - now is the time."
As with other Carlton Homes developments, Saracki built the infrastructure of Shadow Creek himself, including a retention pond and the road winding through the development, which he then deeded over to Busti.
"The town of Busti has been great in their involvement with the development," Saracki said
Carlton Homes generally provides custom plans which customers choose from, and the homes are built to suit the needs of each customer. Only an estimated 40 percent of Carlton Homes' sales are from homes built first and sold later, according to Saracki. However, Carlton Homes will also build a home on a personally owned lot or work with you to find a suitable lot on which to build on.
Saracki said, "With interest rates at historical lows, we can't build (the houses) fast enough."
At the current pace, the Shadow Creek development could very well be sold-out in the next year, according to Saracki.
Hawthorne, an even newer subdivision on Hunt Road by Carlton Homes, is targeted to a different market.
Saracki explained that Hawthorne is marketed toward an older generation and people who are out of town throughout the year; all plowing, shoveling, mowing and lawn maintenance is taken care of by a monthly payment for all homes in the subdivision. He also noted that the subdivision benefits from Jamestown electric and West Ellicott taxes.
Carlton Homes is currently looking into purchasing land for a new development in the coming years in the Busti or West Ellicott area.
For more information, call Carlton Homes, 665-1020, or visit carltonhomes.com.
NORTH HARMONY DEVELOPMENT
According to Sally Carlson, North Harmony town supervisor, the real problem with development projects in North Harmony is the lack of infrastructure -most notably no water or sewer.
She noted that recently, County Executive-elect Vince Horrigan held a meeting to discuss putting in a unified sewer around the lake, but that the project was simply not feasible. Current estimates of the unified sewer district begin at $17 million.
Carlson did mention that the town is looking at building extension lines in short sections at a time, but further discussions between the town, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities and South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District are necessary.
"That is the direction we have to go," Carlson said.
She also noted that some recent development projects, including a senior housing development, simply will not consider building in North Harmony due to the lack of infrastructure.
"Developing the area's infrastructure will not happen right away," Carlson said.
According to North Harmony building and zoning code officer Bradley Lawson, other area developments include the planning board's recently approved plan by Reverie Creamery to purchase and repurpose the old Barbara Berry's Bookshop building on Route 394 and the Carlton Homes' sketch plan review that is undergoing changes regarding an Ashville Bay construction project. He also mentioned that the board is looking into another small creamery that may also open in the area.