Phil Szostak (pronounced Shaw-stack) owner, developer and architect for the new green single family subdivision on Trailwood Drive joined the West CAC (Citizens Advisory Council) meeting on July 22, 2008 at Powell Drive Community Center to preview the New American House Project.
A quick introduction from Elizabeth Byrd reminded CAC members in attendance of the lengthy process that started out as a normal rezoning case, but morphed into a complicated PDD (planned development district). Why did a simple, 12 home subdivision go with a PDD? Well, there was nothing like it before. Nothing this green. So new, that the City of Raleigh Planning didn’t have definitions at the time.
Phil took the audience through a very brief slide presentation describing the 12 home, modern, green subdivision located right off of Avent Ferry road behind the day care on Trailwood Drive. The homes will range from 1,800 – 3,000 sq. ft. in size. Lot sizes will range from 1/2 acre to about 1/4 – 1/6 of an acre.The plans are complete and he expects to start construction in the early fall (“September-ish”) time-frame, starting with 3 homes. There was a one-page handout available with a brief introduction to the project, contact information, and a few images of Lot’s 2 and 5, with an overview schematic of the property. The project will be “one of the few private developments in the Triangle to adopt rigorous sustainable development guidelines” and will meet “market demand for energy efficient, custom-built housing.”