By JOHN LEE
MADISON — The Whittington will add 52 home sites after approval from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen earlier this month.
The concept behind Whittington is different than other developments in Madison, according to their website. “We would like to elevate the level of design unity, to establish a pattern language for the development and have a common theme running throughout.”
The unanimous approval of the final plats for Phase 3 of the Whittington off Welch Farms Road came at the March 2 meeting.
Whittington has 80 total home sites. Phase 1 has 56 home sites and, phase 2 has 24 home sites. Phase 3 will add the 52 home sites. And a planned Phase 4 will have 20 more home sites, totaling 152 when all is complete.
The news comes after the Journal reported last week that fewer than 100 houses are available for sale in the 39110 zip code and fewer than 200 in all of Madison County, a 30-year low attributed in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Jordan, developer of the Whittington, said the completion date for all the houses in Phase 3 is currently unknown, but he estimates it could be late 2023 or early 2024.
Jordan, who has been in real estate since 1992, first got involved with the Whittington project when the first permit for the neighborhood was approved by the city of Madison in late 2018.
He has taken part in developing other neighborhoods such as Geneva Gardens off Hoy Road back in 1998.
Jordan said the homes in Phases 1 and 2 are completely sold out, and around a third of the houses in Phase 3 are sold out as well, with only a couple of houses currently available. Out of the 153 lots in the neighborhood, over 100 of them have been sold.
“Most of these houses cost around $500,000 and up, so it takes a certain income to afford this neighborhood,” Jordan said.
“Living here gives you access to the interstate, the heart of the city, and all the shopping places, restaurants and a large accessibility to schools.”
Sam R. Coker, an architect for Whittington and licensed architect since 1996, has been designing houses for the neighborhood for the past two years.
He said he got involved with the project since he and Barry Woodward, a third Whittington developer, had worked together on projects in the past.
“Being the architect has been interesting since I’ve been able to witness the neighborhood’s development and how it has all come to form,” Coker said. “The whole aesthetic of it has been neat to watch come together.”
Coker noted he has worked on some of the houses on the final plats of Phase 3 and will continue to work on more in the future.
He said Whittington is unique because when Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler agreed for the subdivision to begin construction, it was under the stipulation that every house would be designed by a licensed architect, not just a residential designer.
“John Jordan got in contact with me trying to work out something where I would design the houses in Whittington for a better price than what a registered architect would be willing to do them for,” he said.
“We struck an agreement, and while I haven’t designed all the houses in Whittington, I’ve done most of them.”
According to Jordan, there are plans for Phase 4 of Whittington after Phase 3 is complete. The start date is undetermined.
For more information, visit whittingtonofmadison.com.