Subdivisions in the works

Community Development Director Dave Costa has said development in Craig is hindered by a lack of buildable lots -- a problem several developers are in a race to remedy.

Five subdivisions are in varying states of completion. Three of those are located at the West end of Craig.

The first completed will be the first new subdivision in Craig in 20 years.

"Everyone just feels we're just on the edge of growing," said Jay Oxley, part owner of the Overlook Subdivision. Overlook Subdivision will be build in phases. The first -- 20 lots built on 7 acres -- is completed.

When those lots are sold, Oxley and his partner, Mike Anson, will continue developing the 65-acre site, which is located at the end of Ridgeview Road.

Craig and Tammy Hagar soon will have lots available in what they've named Sunny Slope Subdivision.

Entrances to the 50-acre parcel are from Wickes Avenue and from Riford Road. Phase 1 calls for the development of six lots on 7 acres. Phase 2 will add 12 building sites. The lots average 8,500 square feet.

Unlike the other subdivisions planned, the Hagars are offering custom land/home packages.

"Everyone who's subdividing is just selling lots, and then it's 'good luck finding a builder,'" Tammy said.

Craig Hagar has 28 years of experience building custom homes and was named the Better Homes & Gardens Builder of the Year when he lived in California.

The couple intends to have three house plans available in the mid-$150,000 to $200,000 range, though buyers can provide plans, as well. Lots will start at $39,000.

"We'd like to do higher-end homes, but we want to stay within the current market so people can get a nice home at an affordable price," Tammy said.

There will be covenants in place that establish architectural and aesthetic standards. Vinyl siding will not be allowed, nor will driveways that aren't concrete. Front yard landscaping will be required, as well as attached garages. No manufactured homes will be accepted.

"It's going to be nice," Tammy said. "Hopefully, it will be another Pineridge."

Craig and Tammy bought the property about 15 years ago and have been waiting for the opportunity to develop it.

"It's something we've wanted to do for a long time," Tammy said. "It's a chance for decent homes with quality craftsmanship at affordable prices."

Although the plans require approval from Craig City Council, Craig expects to begin the dirt work within 30 days and to start building houses next spring.

Lots will be available through Georgina McAnally at American Northwest Realty or Mitch Clemenson at Steamboat Realty.

A third subdivision will provide lots for additional homes to the south of the Ridgeview townhomes.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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