Over the past six months the Island Housing Trust working with the design/build team of LDa Architects and Williams Building Company, along with the surveying and engineering firm of Vineyard Land Surveying, has developed a schematic design for a neighborhood of rental duplexes on a 15-acre property on State Road in Tisbury. During this time, public meetings were held to listen to neighbor’s concerns and solicit input from the broader public. The proposal requires approval from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the Tisbury ZBA. A summary and detailed information on Kuehn’s Way can be downloaded here.
Schematic site plan showing the proposed clustered Kuehn’s Way neighborhood at the southern portion of a 15-acre parcel next to State Road in Tisbury, protects nearly 12 acres of surrounding woodlands and the Red Coat Hill Road ancient way. This conservation based affordable housing initiative involves a partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank who holds a conservation easement on the 9-acre portion of the property north of Red Coat Hill Road.
Buildings materials will be all natural (cedar shingles and trim), so materials will weather to brown-grey. Asphalt roof will also be a naturalized color.
There is no neighborhood lighting planned for Kuehn’s Way. Each entry door is required by code to have an exterior light, which will be a shielded fixture so light only shines downward.
Buildings have been oriented so that gable (i.e. narrow) ends face toward the neighboring properties to the east and west to reduce the perceived massing, and variations in the quad configurations will create variety among the rooflines and building massing.