Learn More About Traditional Neighborhood Developments
Traditional neighborhood or new urbanist developments are based on planning principles intended to create more livable neighborhoods – attractive streets, a variety of housing that accommodates people of different ages, and the ability to walk more and drive less – all intended to create a more socially interactive and aesthetically pleasing community. In new urbanist developments the emphasis is on the “public realm” – what you see from the front door of your home or when you walk or drive down the street, rather than what you see out your back door or from your back yard.
New urbanist or traditional neighborhood developments have received much acclaim and have achieved an accelerated price appreciation ever since the movement began with in the early 1990’s with Seaside, a development on the Florida Panhandle. Some of the better known of the more than 1,500 new urbanist developments nationwide are Celebration (a Disney development) and Baldwin Park in Orlando, Florida, Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland; Birkdale Village and Baxter near Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stapleton, on the site of the former Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colorado.
Intrigued by the reception new urbanist communities received around the country, the developers of The Gardens at Oxbow believed their six-acre site, in close proximity to the Village of Lewiston’s main street, was the perfect location for people wishing to live in a vibrant village with all of its attractions and in close proximity to limited access highways to Amherst, Buffalo and Canada.
The intention of the developers was to offer people a more intimate alternative to the spread out, often monotonous, suburban subdivision and patio home developments. But this would not be possible without zoning regulations to accommodate a traditional neighborhood development. Fortunately, the elected officials of the Village of Lewiston recognized the long-term value of having a new urbanist community in their Village and changed the zoning to allow new urbanist developments.
The Oxbow Development Corporation is led by three partners - Paul J. Game, William J. Game and George R. Grasser - the Oxbow Development Corporation fulfills a shared vision to put the very best practices in community planning and architecture with their development of The Gardens at Oxbow.
We built The Gardens at Oxbow because we believe that:
Traditional neighborhood developments offer a more intimate alternative to conventional spread out subdivisions and patio home developments
People like to live in a place where they have the opportunity to get to know their neighbors
People want to live in a neighborhood where they can walk to destinations like stores, restaurants, parks, churches and schools
What people see when they look out their front doors or walk or drive down the street is important and there is something better to look at than garage doors
A neighborhood should be comprised of people of various ages and family sizes
People should be able to like in a place where the homes are likely to increase in value faster than homes in nearby conventional subdivisions
A community that is an interesting place will attract interesting people