Riverbluff multifamily development plans 'cottage- and treehouse-style' units for Georgetown

Georgetown residents will likely see the addition of 16 newly constructed, multifamily detached buildings, totaling 26 new housing units known as Riverbluff.

The first reading for the residential development project at the northeast corner of Third and Forest streets was unanimously approved by City Council on June 11.

Staff provided a map of the proposed site:

The property is bordered by the South San Gabriel River Trail to the north, the city parking structure to the south, a public parking lot and city retention pond to the east and a residential area to the west, a letter of intent included in city documents said.

The design vision for the Riverbluff community is to create a residential-scale grouping of individual, detached cottage-style units with generous community space at the south portion of the site and a grouping of modern treehouse-detached units along the north river bluff of the site, the letter said.

“The site is long and narrow and has a significant grade change across the narrow portion,” it continued, adding the grading allows for an upper and lower community of units to form a connected yet stylistically different residential development.

The cottage-style units would be a mix of single-story and two-story wood-framed structures, according to the project summary. The building footprints would range from 400 to 600 square feet, and each unit would have front porches and landscaped pathways between units.

The modern treehouse units would go at the upper northwest portion of the site overlooking the bluff, the San Gabriel River Trail and Blue Hole, the project summary said, adding the two-story units bring a modern design to the development. The building footprints for the units would range from 650 to 900 square feet. Each unit would have a balcony tucked among the trees.