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The Dells: Prescott’s Newest Master Planned Community

The Dells: Prescott’s Newest Master Planned Community

In a just few weeks, roads and roofs will replace raw earth as Granite Dells Estates Properties construction begins. Located a few hundred yards south of Granite Dells Parkway off Highway 89, the 1,100-acre subdivision will be phased in. Phase One is scheduled to open in July. It will contain 208 homes and planned acreage for commercial development and retail opportunities. Mike Fann, president of Fann Contracting and developer of “The Dells,” said the first phase is the biggest in terms of initial construction of homes. The Dells was approved by the City for up to 918 homes. Fann noted that future phases will offer larger home sites for those wanting a rural feel, but with proximity to city services. The full number of homes will not be built immediately, he said. “Our vision is it will take several years to attain build-out.” Lot sizes within the multi-million dollar development will vary, depending upon which phase they are in. Lot sizes vary from one-fifth of an acre up to three or four acres. Prices for lots also vary, depending upon their release time, Fann said. Home prices in Phase One will begin in the mid-$250,000s. Fann says underground utility infrastructure will be inclusive: city water, sewer and garbage collection, natural gas, electricity, fiber optic services for cable TV and Internet, and telephone and other electronic communications. In mid-January, the Prescott City Council approved a $1,730,660 contract with Fann Environmental for a new pump station to serve The Dells. That cost is funded 100 percent through impact fees since it is for new growth, the Prescott city utilities manager said....
Raising the roof: Housing construction is booming in Prescott, Prescott Valley

Raising the roof: Housing construction is booming in Prescott, Prescott Valley

Get ready to meet your new neighbors. Don’t start cooking the welcome meal, as they’re not here just yet. In fact, their houses don’t even exist. But make no mistake about it: They are coming. By the scores, hundreds, thousands … Prescott and Prescott Valley have started off the year with a bang – the bang of hammers. New houses are going up on what were once untouched hilltops and grassy valleys. A prime example is the Astoria neighborhood, atop a hill in the Prescott Lakes development. Originally called “Falcon Point,” these 27 acres with sweeping views were cleared and prepared for building several years ago, then stalled when the housing economy tanked. Enter Dave Grounds, owner and president of Dorn Homes. “We’ve been trying to get that piece of land for three years,” he said. Grounds finally succeeded at the end of 2014, and quickly went to work on his vision of “this little nostalgic neighborhood that looks like Norman Rockwell created it.” Unlike “cookie-cutter” subdivisions filled with identical modern homes, Astoria will be filled with nine variations of Victorian homes – and 35 color choices. Picture charming Mt. Vernon Street at the top of a hill, Grounds says. Early this month, the gates that seemed to lead to nowhere opened to let in construction workers, who quickly started hammer and saw work on two Astoria model homes. The time to bring his vision to life was right, said the top man at Dorn Homes. “We had one of our best years in 2014 – and the company has been in business for 45 years,” Grounds said. “We...
Carving Out the Future for The Dells Subdivision

Carving Out the Future for The Dells Subdivision

For a sneak peek into the future, take Highway 89 to the Granite Dells Parkway exit. The parkway goes only a few hundred yards before ending. But from the end of the road you can see bulldozers moving dirt around – the beginnings of “The Dells” subdivision. Crews have started work on installation of underground utilities too for the 1,100-acre residential development that will have 250 acres of open space with hiking trails. “Every inch of the Dells vision fuses sustainable and ecologically sensible materials with master craftsmanship to create an environment where nature and neighborhood come together,” said Mike Fann, president of Fann Contracting, and the site’s developer/owner. “Enthusiasts of Prescott’s natural beauty and four-season climate will find the man-made combination of wood, stone and glass a breathtaking complement to what nature has graciously given us.” The Dells is expected to open in July. The first phase is planned for 200 residential units. Private walking trails will link to the Peavine Trail. Plans include a clubhouse, pool and other amenities for social and recreational enjoyment for the community’s residents and guests. “Installation of the water, electrical, natural gas and communications services is an exciting step,” Fann...