Daily Journal staff reports
A Franklin developer wants to change plans for a subdivision near a golf course to build fewer homes.
Heather Glen at the Legends, off Hurricane Road next to The Legends Golf Club, has 58 multi-unit condominiums, with the last being built about three years ago, developer Ted Shuel of Legendary Homes of Franklin said.
The original subdivision design included lots for 48 more attached homes to be built on the north end, but Shuel is now requesting the city allow 34 single-family homes.
Building in the subdivision stalled because of the recession, and banks aren’t willing to finance a four-unit condo if a developer has only one or two homebuyers committed, Shuel said.
He said his hope is that the new design will boost interest in the development, since potential buyers have expressed concerns about sharing walls with their neighbors in the multiunit buildings.
The homes would be about 2,000 to 2,800 square feet and cost $225,000 to $275,000, Shuel said.
The two-bedroom homes in the subdivision are primarily marketed toward empty-nesters and retirees because of their size, as well as having all outdoor maintenance such as grass cutting and snow removal provided by the homeowners association.
“The homes are a little bigger. The homes are separated, and it overcomes the objection to some people who don’t want to hear their neighbors,” Shuel said.
With the increases in home sales and building, Shuel estimated that all of the lots could be sold in the next three to four years.
The subdivision originally was approved in 2004 with Maclaren Manor at the Legends, another subdivision just south of Heather Glen.
The Franklin Technical Review Committee will review the new plans at its meeting Thursday.