New housing in Green Forest: The Villages to build up to 200 new housing units in 2019
By Kelby Newcomb
The Villages of Carroll County announced plans Friday at the Carroll County Home and Garden Show to build up to 200 new housing units in 2019
A press release from the company says it will begin building the 200 new affordable sustainable housing units beginning in mid-2019. The Villages model is distinctive, it says, in that all units will be outfitted with grid-tied solar energy while remaining competitively priced.
The release says the housing units will feature “Live Smart” energy-efficient design and advanced framing techniques with structural insulated panels and Energy-Star components to reduce overall energy consumption. Housing units will be open to all market demographics, it says, emphasizing energy efficiency and sustainability while preparing participating tenants to qualify for home ownership.
“With the economies of scale for this project, we can incorporate rooftop and community solar as standard features on our new construction projects, much as central air conditioning became a standard 50 years ago,” said Charlie Reece, managing director for the project.
“Our projects are designed to allow our residents to enjoy a better quality of life with lower costs and a more sustainable lifestyle; therefore our slogan- ‘Live Smart.’ ”
Reece, a former Green Forest mayor, said the new building development, The Villages of Green Forest, will be constructed next to Harps Food Store in Green Forest and will feature a combination of apartments and town homes or duplexes.
“We’ve also had a lot of requests for single-family houses,” Reece said. “The apartments and duplexes will be rentals, and the single family homes would be owned by the residents.”
He said they are hoping to have some of the units available by September this year to provide options for families moving into the area as the school year gets started.
“Every city in Carroll County needs affordable housing,” Reece said. “I got tired of waiting for someone to make a move, so I decided to do something. The people involved in this project are professionals. We will have solar panels, which means the electric bills will go down.”
He continued, “We’ve got the backing and we’re ready to get going. We want to get Carroll County on the map.”
Reece said the company plans to offer additional “Village” developments in Berryville and Eureka Springs after the Green Forest project is well under way.
“We know Carroll County is primed to grow,” he said. “We just need good affordable places for our workforce to live and raise their families. The Villages will help meet that need.”
For more information, contact Charlie Reece at 870-654-7624 or email Info@The VillageAtGreenForest.com.