A rendering of The Towers at Mattie Rose by Grandfather Homes, featuring the “woonerf” concept of pedestrian and automotive traffic space.

Charlotte-based Grandfather Homes has broken ground on its newest community, The Towers at Mattie Rose, at the former site of the Charlotte Fire Department operations facility in Elizabeth, N.C. This 18-home community will offer its individually owned single-family units in “duet” and “triet” structures, which are described as similar to town homes but with fewer shared walls.

Grandfather Homes will also introduce a concept that has been used for decades in the Netherlands called the woonerf. It's a traffic-calming method used in residential areas to enable cars and residents to share the roadway. The private drive will be made of permeable pavers, which encourages drivers to use caution while promoting recreation among residents.

The Towers at Mattie Rose will offer seven floor plans sized between 2,450 and 2,800 square feet for its 18 units, each with three bedrooms and two-plus bathrooms. The unit interiors will include custom cabinetry and smart home technology, and exterior options include pools, spas, fire pits and full outdoor kitchens. Pricing for these units will start in the mid-$600,000s, and the first homes are expected to be delivered in August 2017.

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