OLDSMAR — In a few years, energy-efficient cottages may rise on vacant city-owned land near Hayes Road.
Oldsmar is looking for a partner to build about 50 homes on the 3.8-acre lot. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the city manager the green light to advertise for proposals from developers.
The development called Hayes Park Cottages would include modest, energy-efficient homes ranging from 800 to 1,500 square feet, according to a project overview.
The smallest homes would be classified as studio cottages. The community would include midsized homes, around 1,200 square feet. And some of the homes would be attached, townhome-style.
City Manager Bruce Haddock thinks the compact size could be a prime selling point for people who want to downsize or want to buy a smaller first home.
"There are a growing number of people that still want to own their own home, but they're not looking for that house in the subdivision that's 2,500 or 3,000 square feet with a big yard," Haddock said.
The community will also be convenient, close to businesses, schools and recreation, said Marie Dauphinais, the city's director of planning and redevelopment.
The land, south of Hayes Road and east of Pine Avenue, is near Richard Rogers Park, Cypress Lakes Industrial Park, Brooker Creek Corporate Center and Forest Lakes Elementary School.
Oldsmar resident John Bews, who has a home design company in Oldsmar, provided volunteer design work. The city's consultant, WilsonMiller Stantec, is providing engineering services.
Oldsmar is looking for a developer to define the project's vision, Haddock said.
No deadline has been set for its completion.
Council member Jerry Beverland initially suggested putting a time limit on the project, but instead, Haddock recommended asking developers to provide their proposed schedules so city leaders could evaluate them.
Developers' submissions will be due in mid December. The selection of a developer could come before the City Council in January. And a contract could be approved in March if everything goes according to schedule.
In other action Tuesday, the council gave the city manager the okay to advertise for the construction of a boat ramp at Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve.
Lorri Helfand can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 445-4155.