|These brightly painted cottages are a signature of cottage home|
|Once workers doubles, today they are quality housing|
This grand mansion in cottage home is hardly a cottage
but just one example of why this neighborhood is important
The early face of the preservation movement was in Lockerbie a neighborhood just the other side of the freeway and most (including city leaders) assumed the area would be destined for warehouse expansion as far east until it reached Arsenal Tech which would be a natural buffer to Woodruff and other residential neighborhoods. Cottage homes was essentially "written off".
Walkable livable neighborhood, close to downtown
are keys to turnaround
But as Lockerbie , and many other downtown neighborhoods prospered and prices escalated, some saw Cottage Home for what it was; minutes to the downtown core, great historic architecture and most importantly, still affordable. It was that early group of preservationists, artisans and a few older residents who did not want to see their neighborhood wiped away that engineered the slow turnaround of that community.
Elimination of a through street fostered new development.
High end housing replaces vacant underused lots.
These new construction townhomes and now single family homes are repurposing once vacant lots and providing quality housing in that area where before there was little interest in redevelopment.
These unique prefab modular designed New Urbanist
homes are writing a new chapter on former warehouse land
Today no one would suggest that Cottage home be bulldozed for warehouses. In fact, it is the warehouses that are being demolished to provide new housing opportunities. Cottage Home is rapidly becoming a great emerging community and former vacant lots and warehouse land is seeing high end housing being constructed. It is an example of how a small group with a love of saving the ordinary cottage fostered the rebirth of an entire neighborhood and are writing new chapters in its history.