Katty-corner projects at King & 19th

       Backhoes have started working katty-corner at 19th and King streets intersection.
       On the northeast corner is Alta Mira, a 43-unit single-family-home subdivision which has been under construction since last July. On the southwest corner is Indian Heights Casitas, a semi-gated community of 15 single-family attached and detached homes which began work this month.
       According to Alta Mira project manager Ted Waterman, the development was delayed close to three months by the concrete shortage last fall that was a fallout from Hurricane Katrina. At this point, crews are still working on the infrastructure - laying the street and utilities - with the hope of having lots ready for building construction by May 1.
       At the southwest corner, utilities have started going in, with the goal of having the first building ready to show by the end of June, according to Deb Greer, a spokesperson for Indian Heights Casitas.
       Located at the foot of what's known as the Mesa, Alta Mira is cut partly into the hillside along a new cul-de-sac to be called Mountain Mahogany Drive. The street will be just east of - and parallel to - Oswego Street, which was part of a subdivision that went in over 30 years ago. The lots will average about 5,000 square feet each, with the remainder of the 15 acres dedicated for open space.
       At its north end, the property abuts the Mesa Wildlife Preserve public open space. As part of an agreement with the Palmer Land Trust, which owns the preserve, the Alta Mira ownership will get an emergency exit through the edge of the preserve (around to Oswego's current dead end) in exchange for implementing access improvements and a dedicated trail through the preserve up to Mesa Road.
       Consisting of one-story dwellings without stairs, Indian Heights Casitas is “geared toward the senior market,” Greer said. It will have private streets with a little park and trails. Units will be for rent or sale, she said.

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