"The concept will be a land lease. The university will continue to own the property. The university would keep up the property, externally. We would have to flesh out the details of responsibility." Owners would likely join an owners' association and pay monthly fees, like condo owners, for shared services.
While he conceded the project is outside the main mission of the university, Welch said it serves at least two purposes.
"Revenue. That's why you'd want a land lease."
It also improves a neglected piece of prime riverfront property.
"It's a strip of land that's not now particularly attractive," he said. "There are trees, and underneath the trees it looks like roughage. And it wouldn't have any effect on the athletic field."
UC created the area -- formerly Blackwell Field, now Triana Field -- probably in the 1950s when it filled in the lower end of South Ruffner, Welch said.
"There was a ditch where the creek came out from the hills, so the university put in a 16-foot-diameter pipe and created an athletic field."
Welch said there's room for about five duplex units along the riverfront and another one or two behind them.
"The exteriors will look very, very nice," he said. "We want it to be appealing to the river and the community. The inside is up to the individuals, what they desire best."
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