"Ideally, we want to take these students' ideas, some of which were wacky and crazy, and rely on the locals (architects and builders) to make them buildable," said Tamara Sakagawa, manager of Lakeland CRA.
"We wanted to use this opportunity with the students to have them give us ideas of modern architecture that would still fit in the neighborhood," Sakagawa
The homes also need to "be affordable to build and affordable to maintain, but not so modern they would not appeal to the typical buyer," she
hopes the CRA
board will start talking about taking the models to the next level at their next meeting.
The project would join others the CRA
has already tested in the area, including down payment assistance, incentives to rehab homes and some new construction.
"We do projects like that to try to test how we can expand programs to outside the neighborhood," Sakagawa
"The success of our historic districts comes from a sense of community, the tree canopy and how close it is to town, but it also comes from the housing stock.
So adding in new or rehabbed housing and making sure there are enough options will help other communities as well," she