Maybe we put the cart before the horses last week (or insert some other idiom to describe our sequencing of events). Yes, the imploding (ok, it wasn’t that) of the Coptic church at SE 65th and Holgate was news. Indeed. But the seven to eight homes proposed to take its place on the lot wasn’t the newest of construction news. That honor goes to another (yes, another) vacant and wild, weeded lot two blocks east.
Before we reported that Everett Homes had plans to develop the lot at SE 65th, Tasso Custom Homes had already built a foundation for the first of six houses at SE 67th and Holgate. In my defense, it was easy to overlook, as the activity at the corner flower shop is all but nil, and the “For Sale” signs in front of the weedy field have sat there for several months without any action.
But now, in a flurry of construction activity, the first seed has been planted on what will soon be a series of six modern and high-priced homes sprouting from the old corn field…I mean pheasant-hunting grounds…oh wait.
Ok, so we currently have a big cluster of vacant fields in the neighborhood. Soon, though, we’ll have a cluster of homes nobody can afford. Pick your poison.
Alright, no more cynicism. This is good, right? Someone sees the potential in the neighborhood, and someone’s willing to invest in the area. And now I don’t have to worry about the wild coyotes and deer that inhabit that wilderness. Sounds like a win-win. And at the very least, Holgate will look that much cuter. And if the homes (they’re actually listed as condos) look anything like in the sign, cute may get upgraded to sexy. Imagine that—Holgate, sexy.
The fact that someone sees potential in FoPo is encouraging. It’s just too bad I don’t have more disposable income.