Steelhead Architects designed the units to be gapped with space on their second and third floors, “allowing more light to pass through the units, alleviating the feel of one large mass,” said Reid Isaacson, director of development for Romano Capital.
“Consequently, it will have a softer look when you’re standing in front of it,” he said. “This also allowed us to give privacy to the decks between the units, as well as some individuality, which is often lost in attached products.”
“It’s more costly to build the way it’s currently designed, but we think the benefit outweighs the cost,” Isaacson said.
There’s also a ground floor bedroom suite in the town homes, “which is something that we think is going to be unique,” he said. Also, the two rows of town homes are separated by an alley, which cars drive through to get to each parking garage.
Kess Romano said that the location is ideal. It’s within walking distance of Savona Coffee House, Surprise Beach and multiple restaurants. It’s also a quick drive to Portland International Airport.
“It’s a high-convenience spot,” he said.
The lot is undergoing underground development now, and workers will begin constructing the buildings in a few months, Romano said. The high prices of lumber have delayed the project, and he expects the buildings to take 10 months to construct.
The spot lies in one of the county’s seven Opportunity Zones, a program created in 2017 from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The program allows investors to buy membership units in the program’s funds, which grants them several benefits in taxes. If investors keep the investment for at least 10 years, they don’t pay any taxes on capital gains earned from the fund.
The town homes allow owners to own the dirt underneath the unit in addition to the walls and foundation. That’s different than a condominium, which is a legal term for a unit where surrounding condo owners own part of the dirt under each condo, according to Romano.
A small sliver of a grass lot sits between the town homes and the entrance to the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. Romano said the city of Vancouver owns it, and he expects the area to be landscaped.
“That lot there, for a long time, hasn’t been attractive,” Isaacson said. “It will finish the whole waterfront development.”