Sanctuary Communities Newsletter
March 2007

Regulatory barriers cleared, site planning begins
We’re on our way

Iva & Tim Ryan, Sanctuary Communities

After a year of planning, the design of our new in-town community has sailed through all the Town of Franklin approval processes. Now we’re concentrating on the civil engineering for roads, underground utilities, and home sites. Once we’re confident we have a plan for delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure support without undermining our ambitions for one of the most environmentally responsible community possible, we’ll move ahead with site preparations for Phase 1.

Soon, we’ll announce a schedule that will include a priority reservation plan for our first phase of home construction. We’re building all 20 of these architect-designed homes in the first phase ourselves. That way, we can set design and construction standards for everything that follows. That also means that our community’s first residents will be moving into homes as carefully planned and built as those who become their neighbors later on.

The Sanctuary Village is the first new in-town community in the North Carolina mountains to exemplify the highest standards of Traditional Neighborhood Design. This will be a neighborhood that honors the traditions of best-loved places the world over, where citizens of all ages and with a wide range of incomes can engage in the pleasures of real community. We’ve adapted this popular approach to the ecology and terrain of the mountains, and we’ll take advantages of the latest green-building technologies and materials. Yet, The Sanctuary Village will feel familiar to those who have experienced life in the best of our nation’s oldest neighborhoods, where shops, cafes, book stores, cultural events, and community gathering spots are within a short walk.

In that spirit, The Sanctuary Village will reward the pedestrian experience. That means wide sidewalks and narrower, safer streets. It means interior parks, plazas, and walking paths that make strolls inviting. Wherever possible, dedicated parking will be in the rear of homes to give prominence to porches and welcoming facades instead of garages. With so much appealing public space and so many opportunities to engage casually with neighborhoods, we believe our residents will happily opt for beautifully designed smaller homes. That makes for appealing initial price-points for architect-designed homes and for low energy costs and minimal maintenance over the long haul. Beyond the purely practical advantages, design that harmonizes a right-sized private domain with inviting civic space contributes mightily to quality of life.

Within that not-so-big framework, our designers and building systems will deliver a broad range of home choices, from cozy cottages to larger single-family homes and mansion flats in elevator-served buildings. We’ll have live-works, suitable for those who want a modest business on the ground-floor and living quarters above. Just like those small-scale, family-owned businesses we love in older communities. And best of all, The Sanctuary Village is a true in-town neighborhood, within walking and biking distance of Franklin’s historic Main Street, Angel Medical Center, and the popular Greenway along the Little Tennessee River. (see Main Street web cam and map for location).

The Sanctuary Village will offer a location and lifestyle like no other in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Check back here often to see us grow our new community.

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Tim Ryan, Founder
The Sanctuary Communities
2206 Mountain Grove Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-349-4465 – 866-449-4465

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