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The original site plan for Leytham created during the planning charrette has been revised and finalized. The engineers have concluded their preliminary design work for the streets and utilities and have projected costs for building that infrastructure. Leytham has received its preliminary planning and zoning approval unanimously and enthusiastically from both the Planning Board and the City Council of the City of Omaha. That preliminary approval will need to be extended mid-summer of 2009, permitting up to another two years to get the final planning and zoning approval by summer of 2011. One of the requirements for final approval is a firm commitment for SID financing. The fiscal agents for the Sanitary and Improvement District (SID) that will be formed for Leytham have offered financing. However that financing would be on terms which are not particularly favorable, but which necessarily reflect current market conditions. This means that Leytham will have to be delayed until the credit markets stabilize. When the real estate and credit markets clear a bit, we will again request an SID finance commitment. Once that is obtained, we will immediately move to secure a private development loan, get final city approval, and begin the construction of Leytham.
When is the soonest I could move into my Leytham home?
Given the current state of the credit markets, that question does not have a definite answer at this time. Once the markets clear and we get SID and private development loan financing, we will move immediately to get final city approval for Leytham. As soon as final approval is obtained, we will begin grading and installing sewers, paving and utilities which should take about a year. Regardless of the timing of these events, you will be able to reserve your lot beginning in the spring of 2009 with a simple lot reservation form. If you are interested, you can learn more by attending one of our Founding Resident presentations. If you would like to find out more about attending a Founding Resident presentation, click here.
So, I can reserve my lot in Leytham, even before you start construction?
Yes! The process is simple. You would attend one of our Founding Resident presentations, and if you wish, you may then select your lot from among those Phase I lots that are available. Then you simply complete the simple form and sign your lot reservation deposit check. You may request a full refund of the modest lot reservation deposit at any time. If you would like to find out more about attending a Founding Resident presentation, click here.
What types of homes and price ranges for residences will be offered in Leytham?
Our goal is to provide housing for a wide variety of price ranges and budgets. We will offer multi-family residences along with single-family homes from the more affordable to the most luxurious.
If I would like to build a home in Leytham and reserve my lot now, what is my next step?
Lots will be improved and then offered in phases. Phase I, which will be on the east side of the creek in the northwest section of the neighborhood, will contain 110 single-family lots and 4 multi-family lots. The lots in Phase I will be released in groups. The first group of lots to be released will be offered at very attractive prices, because those home owners will the neighborhood's founding, pioneer residents. You are invited to attend a Founding Resident presentation with the founder, Herb Freeman, to learn more.
Click here to make an appointment.
Who is behind this project and why is he doing it?
The neighborhood founder is Herb Freeman. His firm, Full Circle Ventures, Inc., specializes in New Urban and Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). You can read about Herb and his vision for Omaha's first new traditional neighborhood by clicking here.
Contact Herb here:
Full Circle Ventures, Inc.
16510 State Street
Bennington, NE 68007
Why is the neighborhood called "Leytham?"Leytham is named after Richard Leytham, the first private owner of the land. Read Richard Leytham's story here and you will see that Leytham has a real name with a real history and a real significance.
What makes the community at 168th and State Street different?
The community at 168th and State Street is a new community in the time-honored style of our best loved neighborhoods. In fact, it's Omaha's first new traditional neighborhood, offering all the benefits that flow from New Urbanism traditional neighborhood design principles. Among those principles: A conscious attempt to put a broad array of housing and daily destinations, from parks and plazas to retail and entertainment choices, within easy walking distance. The inspiration comes from the places people love the most -- communities rather than subdivisions -- where people find a home and a community, not just a house. Check out our site plan to see the wide range of lot types as well as the community green spaces and civic lots.
What is New Urbanism?
New Urbanism is a design movement that promotes the creation and restoration of compact, mixed-use communities. According to the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), New Urbanism is a growing movement that "recognizes walkable, human-scale neighborhoods as the building blocks of sustainable communities and regions." New Urbanism communities are composed of the same components as conventional development but assembled in a more integrated fashion -- like the best loved neighborhoods of the old urbanism, where residents could get to daily needs like the corner grocery, the barber shop, the dry cleaners, and the drug store without first getting in a car. Some 4,000 New Urbanism projects are built, under construction, or in various planning stages.
The short version: New Urbanism is the opposite of conventional suburban sprawl. Still curious? Go to: http://www.cnu.org.
What is Traditional Neighborhood Development?
Traditional Neighborhood Development (also called Neo-Traditional Development or Urban Village Development) is New Urbanism "on the ground" and revisits many features of urban neighborhoods developed before World War II. The single most distinguishing feature of this approach is a continuous fabric of intimately blended and mixed land uses arranged so that travel between them can be made by a variety of methods - including by car, by bike or on foot.
What are the principles and benefits of Traditional Neighborhood Development?
Think of it as having a neighborhood as comfortable as your own finely appointed home. Traditional Neighborhood Development delivers people-oriented design that assures public spaces, such as parks, plazas, civic buildings, and even streets get as much attention as private spaces. It's an approach that designs all aspects of a complete community from the beginning, increasing the value of every homeowner's investment as each new family and business joins the neighborhood and enriches the mix. You may find a presentation on the benefits and principles of new Traditional Neighborhood Development by clicking here.
What are the sizes of the single lots?
Lot sizes vary widely in Leytham to accommodate a very wide range of house types and styles. The smallest carriage house lots are 30' wide by 50' deep. Row house and live/work lots are from 22' to 36' wide. Cottage lots range from 28' to 48 wide. Mid range houses will be build on Garden, Village and Park lots that vary from 49' to 72' wide. The largest homes in Leytham will be built on Boulevard and Manor lots, some of which are over 120' wide. There are many choices of lot and housing unit sizes. This is one of the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development. In addition, there are multi-family lots for "apartment mansions" and flex lots for buildings that will have commercial and residential uses. Check out our site plan here to see the wide range of lot sizes and lot types.
What are the lot prices?
Prices won't be established until final plans are complete and approved. Since we're planning for a variety of lot and home sizes, we're confident we can offer a broad range of prices.
What are the home styles?
The architectural styles in this community will follow a broad range in the general categories of true colonial, Georgian, Federal, Adam, Greek Revival and neo-classical, Charleston single-house, Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, Craftsman, vernacular and national styles. This will help create a feeling of place that conventional subdivisions, with their architectural-chaos, lack. View the entire charrette final presentation which has conceptual home plan elevations and floor plans. Click here to view the first study of Leytham homes as drawn by award winning designer Lew Oliver. The short version: Homes in Leytham will reflect traditional American architecture.
Each home will be individually designed. While some residents may choose a traditional interior, it is expected that the approved builders in the Leytham Builders' Guild will mix the best of traditional exterior design with today's open, contemporary floor plans.
What are the home sizes?
Home sizes will vary. Because the lots are of various sizes, the homes built upon them will be of a wide range of sizes from small cottages, bungalows and carriage houses to mid-sized Garden, Village and Park homes to the largest Boulevard and Manor homes. So a very wide range of people, regardless of where they are in their life cycle, should be able to find a suitably sized and priced home in Leytham.
What types of dwellings will be available?
We're emphasizing a wide variety of dwelling types, reflecting another key element in Traditional Neighborhood Design. These types will include single family, detached houses, from small bungalows to large estate homes. There will be row houses, apartment flats, apartments over retail spaces, live/work units for lease and sale, and ancillary dwelling units over garages. Additionally we have received interest from developers of housing for active seniors. We believe there will be a housing type to suit just about everyone.
What level of architectural detailing will be expected?
The principles of creating a great Traditional Neighborhood go from greater scale to finer details. They involve the entire project site, the blocks, the greenways, the streets, and the lots. And they encompass design of the houses and of the houses' architectural details. It is often said, "God is in the details." When the architecture of individual houses and the detailing that makes a house wonderful do not fight, design elements combine synergistically to create a "Best Loved Place." To assure that the architectural details are correct, we are creating a graphic architectural code. This code will explain and illustrate appropriate architectural details and the methods for achieving them.
Will you have house plans for me to build?
Yes. As the community is gaining approval and building out infrastructure, we will be working with Lew Oliver, Leytham's lead town designer, as well as some of the country's most renowned traditional residential architects to create a number of home plans. Click here to link to Lew Oliver's website. Many of the Leytham home plans will be available in several exterior elevations. It is our intent to make it easy for each homeowner and home builder to find a plan they love and a plan that will be compatible with our new traditional neighborhood.
Can I have my own architect draw my home plans?
Yes. Your own architect will be able to take the Leytham Neighborhood Regulation and the community's graphic architectural code and from that design your home. Of course all custom plans will be reviewed by the town lead designer, who will be charged with making sure that the built environment is consistent with the graphic architectural code and our vision for Leytham. Once your architect's plans are approved, you will be free to begin construction.
What builders will be building in the community?
While specific builders are not yet identified, those who express a desire to create homes consistent with our architectural code and who are committed to energy efficient, quality construction will form a "builders' guild." The builders who join the Leytham Builders' Guild will receive guidance on the benefits and principles of traditional neighborhood development and will get the help they need to become proficient in addressing our architectural code.
What is the school district?
Leytham is located in the Bennington school district, benningtonschools.org. Comparative information on the Bennington Schools may be found here. A new $16 million dollar K-6 elementary school is under construction just a third of a mile south of Leytham on H. W. S. Cleveland Boulevard in the Pine Creek neighborhood. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.
Where is the nearest shopping and other services? Located three miles south (about five minutes) at 168th and West Maple is a Super Wall Mart, a Super Target, several bank branches, a sports bar as well as other stores. Also, three and a half miles south (about six minutes) at 156th and West Maple is a Hy-Vee, a Walgreens, several restaurants and pubs, a bank and more stores. All essential services are close to Leytham!
Is mass transit service nearby?
Not yet. The nearest bus service offered by Metropolitan Transit Authority is at 120th and Maple Streets, 108th and Fort Streets and the Wal-Mart at Highway 133 and Interstate 680. Click here to find information on routes and schedules and a service map.
What about energy efficiency and green building?
Energy efficient building practices, especially those conforming to the ENERGY STAR program, will be encouraged. ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Learn about ENERGY STAR®.
Has any consideration been given to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power?
We're investigating renewable energy sources and the financial and engineering feasibility of incorporating them into Leytham. As the development process continues, there will be time to consider these issues and to determine if some of these ideas can be integrated into our design and construction.
Is there a church?
The designers of Leytham have created a site for a church or other important civic buildings in the community master plan. We hope that a church will be built there and become an integral part of the neighborhood.
What about community gardens?
There is ample space in the neighborhood for community gardens. These may be located in the green spaces as well as in the Rambles in the alleys. See the community green space network.
What other walkable destinations are planned?
One of the hallmarks of the new traditional neighborhood is its walkability. A walkable community should have a lot of intriguing, captivating destinations for pedestrian travel; and Leytham will have an abundance of them. For a discussion of possible community amenities, click here. The designers have included most of these ideas in the site plan.
How many of the possible community amenities and how much of the site plan will become reality?
Here is the legal "fine print:" Creating a new traditional neighborhood like Leytham is an evolving and ongoing process. Accordingly, all site plans, land uses, layouts, diagrams, schematics, home elevations and floor plans, renderings, features, facilities, and amenities described on the WhatsNewonStateStreet.com website, on this website or in any printed or electronic media are conceptual in nature, are based on current development plans, and are subject to cancellation, refinement, change and/or revision without notice. No guarantee or warranty is made that the plans, amenities, and facilities depicted by artists' renderings or otherwise described herein will be built, or if built, will be of the same type, size, or nature as depicted or described. Some illustrations and photos included in this website are of other traditional neighborhoods, are for representational purposes only and are not of actual amenities, buildings, or homes that have been or will be constructed within the Leytham new traditional neighborhood at 168th and State Street. In no event shall Full Circle Ventures, Inc., its directors, officers, employees or other representatives be liable for special, indirect, consequential, or punitive damages related to information contained within this site.
Will there be a community center?
Yes. After considerable research and study, we believe that it is feasible for Herb's personal residence - the Georgian home that inspired our architectural approach -- to become the heart of the Leytham community center. We have completed preliminary architectural schematics to show how the home can be used for its new purpose. Central to the neighborhood, literally and figuratively, the community center will be called the Commons. Learn more about the Commons. To see the preliminary, conceptual drawings for the community center, click here.
As a business owner, what type of commercial development will be encouraged in Leytham?
At Leytham we welcome locally owned business that will meet the daily needs of our residents and those who live in surrounding subdivisions as well as those who will come to Leytham from all over the area just because of the beauty and vitality of the neighborhood. We are looking for a variety of businesses including neighborhood retail such as a bakery, barber shop/salon, coffee shop, sandwich/ice cream shop, dry cleaner, drug store, diner, pub, specialty retailers, galleries, etc. Additionally, professional service businesses and small office users such as insurance agents, dentists, financial planners, investment advisors, chiropractors, attorneys, accountants, etc. will find Leytham to be great place to locate.
Will there be shopping and businesses in the neighborhood?
Yes. The new traditional neighborhood is characterized by a mix of uses, and among those uses we envision a variety of commercial, retail and service businesses. These will be located in the Town Center at the intersection of 168th and State Street as well as along the "high street" which connects the church site to the Commons. See this article, entitled "Shop Where You Work Where You Live".
Who would I talk to if I have an interest in retail or commercial space or in a live/work unit for my business?
Just call the community founder, Herb Freeman, at 402.689.4000 or send him an email to herb@FullCircleVentures.com.
What do people think of this design? Has the new traditional neighborhood received favorable press?
As young as this project is, barely off the drawing board, Omaha's first new traditional neighborhood has received very favorable press. To see the articles, go here. The enthusiastic, encouraging, supportive reactions a number of Omaha's citizens have had to the plan are reported here.
How can I learn more?
You can register to receive continuing updates on Omaha's first new traditional neighborhood by completing the simple contact registration form.
I am a member of a group that would like to learn more about traditional neighborhood design. Can someone come and speak to us?
If your group is in search of a speaker on New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development, contact Herb Freeman by email at herb@FullCircleVentures.com, and we will arrange a date for a PowerPoint presentation in words and pictures of all the benefits and principles that make communities like Leytham so good for all of us.
- Stay informed by checking the project website, www.Leytham.com, often as we are adding new material all the time. Register to receive periodic updates. We will keep you posted with an email newsletter as the new traditional neighborhood progresses.
- Contact the neighborhood founder, Herb Freeman, at herb@FullCircleVentures.com, and offer your ideas, suggestions and comments.
- Inform your friends and relatives and encourage them to visit www.Leytham.com.
- Become a booster of traditional neighborhood design and support it among your friends. Here are three more ways to learn about new urbanism and traditional neighborhood development in general and Leytham in particular. Check them out and participate, then share your knowledge and these resources with others.
- BLOG: Bounce some ideas off the "New Herbanism" blog.
- MESSAGE BOARD: Weave yourself into the Leytham message board thread on eomaha.com forums.
- DISCUSSION GROUP: Meet up to discuss New Urbanism and Sustainable Development with other like-minded people.