Carter Ranch adds plans for six more income-restricted homes

An empty field that sits on the southwest corner of Cottage Circle could soon be home to as many as six moderate-income houses.

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A diagram of where the new homes would be located on Cottage Cir. in Winters. Image: City of Winters/Handout[/caption] The lot at the southwest corner of Cottage Circle has been slated for development for several years, with plans dating back as far as 2004, according to archived documents on the city’s website. Initially, that land served as a retention pond for homes that were already built along Cottage Way, but improvements to the city’s storm drain system meant the lots were available for development.  The six new cottages are expected to be between 1,500 and 1,700 square feet once completed. The new homes are part of the city’s long-term affordable housing project in the Carter Ranch area. The first phase of the development saw the construction of 19 low-income or very low-income restricted houses and another 11 moderate-income restricted houses. An additional 144 market-rate homes complete the Carter Ranch development area. Plans for the southwest corner of the lot have been tentative for several years, stymied in part by problems that crept up as other homes in the subdivision were being developed. “I was a partner in this transaction 10 years ago,” real estate owner Jim Sutter said at the Nov. 13 city planning commission meeting. “I ended up owning the lots today after about 10 years of the Great Recession and litigation and foreclosure.” City officials said they were pleased to see progress was being made on the development of the six houses. “Over the years, we’ve been trying to get these six lots done forever,” City Manager John Donlevy said at the city council meeting on Dec. 4. “Amongst the staff and the council at the time, we put a lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars — into [the overall Carter Ranch] project.” Donlevy said the next step is for developers to build the homes so they can be sold on the market. Sutter said he expects the new homes to be sold for between $300,000 and $350,000.  ]]>

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