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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:30 am

The first townhouses built in Harker Heights since the 1980s are on the market.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 16 for Verna Lee Townhomes brought together local officials, investors and prospective homeowners on the corner of Verna Lee Boulevard and Ashwood Street, where two homes were open for viewing.

Flintrock Custom Homes developer Chris Doose said partner Shawn Easley and his vision accounted for modernity, walkability and infrastructural sustainability, as they built in a centralized area with existing water and sewer lines.

“We wanted to bring something to Harker Heights that didn’t exist,” Doose said.

Architect Matt Weigers agreed with Doose, noting that townhouses need less yard upkeep and entail shared utility lines, leaving a smaller environmental footprint than single-family homes.

Prices for the 1,570-square-foot homes range from $128,500 to $138,000, the difference between the price points being stainless steel appliances, ceiling surround sound, a refrigerator and quartz countertops, among other features, Doose said.

The homes all include three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, said RE/MAX listing agent Johnny Vacca. While they have garnered some interest, none have sold. “We’re very close (to selling),” Vacca said. “We’re just trying to get some more people approved.”

Workers have built four of 16 planned two-story homes, Doose said. Preliminary feedback calling for slightly expanded driveways and different window locations will factor into the building of the remaining homes.

Sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the ribbon-cutting drew about 50 people between 3 and 4 p.m., and lasted until 8 p.m.

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