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Cottages on Vaughan in Clarkston wins ARC Regional Excellence Award


Cottages on Vaughan in Clarkston wins ARC Regional Excellence Award

The ribbon cutting ceremony at Cottages on Vaughan on July 17 in Clarkston.

This story has been updated. 

Clarkston, GA — The Atlanta Regional Commission has announced its 2021 Regional Excellence award winners, recognizing planning and development projects around Atlanta, according to a press release.

The Cottages on Vaughn development in Clarkston was one of the winners. The first micro-cottage community in Georgia, Cottages on Vaughan, includes eight homes and a green space. Each home is under 500 square feet and sold in the mid-low $100,000 range.

The climate-conscious community features solar panels and edible, regenerative landscaping, according to a press release from developer MicroLife Institute, an Atlanta nonprofit.

It won the award for Innovative Development.

“The Cottages on Vaughan in the City of Clarkston, a first-of-its-kind project in Georgia, is a so-called ‘micro-pocket’ neighborhood built on a half-acre lot one block from downtown Clarkston in a joint effort between MicroLife Institute and the City of Clarkston,” ARC reports. “The Cottages on Vaughn consist of eight ‘micro-cottage’ homes, each of which are less than 500 square feet, featuring spacious front porches that make it easy to connect with neighbors. The neighborhood, which is also built with climate-conscious features such as solar panels and edible, regenerative landscaping, provides homeownership opportunities in a city where a lack of available land prevents much new housing from being built — and the vast majority of existing housing are rental properties.”

Writer Logan C. Ritchie contributed to this story. 

Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify the recipient of the award. 

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