Reclaimed Cottages Become Mountain Town Infill

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Beginning summer 2011, The makers of South Main are bringing the Cedar Street Cottages to Buena Vista’s historic downtown. This unique infill project features 12 beautifully-designed and built one and two-bedroom “Katrina Cottages” originally used as emergency housing after hurricane Katrina. With the majority offered for long-term lease, the cottages will offer downtown living within walking distance of schools, restaurants and shops. Located a block from East Main Street, the cottages will support a more prosperous Main Street business environment and will create a beautiful streetscape complete with sidewalks and street trees.

“I am excited to see a block of downtown Buena Vista developed to its full potential,” says Jed Selby, President of South Main Development. “This project will be an example of what is possible on the many vacant lots downtown. No longer do you need to choose between quality, great location and price. You can have it all on Cedar Street if you are willing to live compactly.” The one-bedroom cottages are 400 square feet and the two bedrooms are 728 square feet.

“The original Katrina cottages were designed as a response to the inadequacies of the trailers issued to flood victims by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The best-known of these designs are those by Marianne Cusato, whose original “Katrina Cottage” made the term popular and received in 2006 the first annual People’s Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” (Source)

The Cedar Street Cottages are an important step in beautifying, attracting and directing growth to historic downtown Buena Vista and building out the vacant lots and blocks that connect the historic downtown and South Main.

For more information, call 719-395-4714 or visit

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July 2, 2011
8:54 am


I hope you’re going to plant trees like in the picture…….


Dustin Urban
July 2, 2011
2:32 pm

Hey Conrad, yep sure are planting street trees! They’re a crucial ingredient

July 6, 2011
10:11 am

Number 3 has just been put in place. I LOVE THEM!!!!!! This is the most exciting thing that’s happened on our street in a long time.

Thanks for making our block spectacular and progressive!!!!


July 6, 2011
9:37 pm

Thanks Conrad!! We’re so excited and I look forward to lots and lots of trees!!

Dustin Urban
July 7, 2011
1:39 pm

Conrad, I’m thrilled to hear it! So glad you like them… just wait till the rest are in plus sidewalks and street trees!

peter french
July 12, 2011
7:57 pm

Bravo guys, this is really admirable and exciting.

Dustin Urban
July 21, 2011
12:30 pm

Thanks, Peter!

Craig Del Grande
September 29, 2011
3:28 pm

Hello Dustin,

Can you hook me up where I may purchase some of these ??


Craig Del Grande

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