Long-gestating Whittier townhouses nearing October completion

David Sabaka of Sabaka Design told the Whittier Alliance in August that townhouses he helped design, at 221 W. 28th St., are almost ready.

It was a hard-earned feat, since the three-unit townhouse project – underway for four years – finally broke ground this May.

The townhouses will be finished in October, Sabaka said.

The classic brownstone-style units will have three levels with two bedrooms, tuck-under parking in the back, and private "sky gardens." The interior will be contemporary with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and wood vaulted ceilings. The units will sell for $300,000.

The townhouses stand on the site of a former duplex that burned down seven years ago. Sabaka’s partner Mike Koehler acquired the property from the city to develop the site with the Whittier Alliance’s help.

"We hope it makes a positive contribution to the block and the walk-ability of the neighborhood," Sabaka said.

The design process included a neighborhood task force, which emphasized home ownership and greenspace near the Midtown Greenway. The group also considered the building’s position on the lot compared to nearby buildings.

Sabaka and Koehler are also developing housing at 2807-09 Pillsbury Ave., just around the corner from the townhouses. However, that project is still in the design phase and isn’t ready to be introduced, Sabaka said.

Anyone interested in the townhouses should contact contractor Dan Bartus from Dan-Bar Homes, 695-4501.