The Tradan Heights development in west Stillwater is not just another subdivision. It could prove to be a model for Stillwater’s growth.

Rather than just packing as many houses as possible on 69.58 acres, developer Dan Wittwer of Wittwer Farms LLC is mixing commercial and residential uses. Slated for the development is a combination of restaurant spaces, hotels, townhomes, possible office space and multiple and single family residential living.

Final plans call for 63 single family residential lots, two multi-family residential units and seven commercial lots.

With the development located behind the newer Wal-Mart at Sixth Avenue and County Club Road, it is conceivable Tradan Heights residents will be able to meet most, maybe all, of their daily needs without leaving the immediate neighborhood. This not only makes life easier for the people living there, but it reduces the amount of gas used and the load on city streets and state Highway 51 (Sixth Avenue), which will extend the roadway’s life and cut down on traffic for those drivers who must use it.

If completed as envisioned, Tradan Heights will be a new spin on the old urban neighborhoods of the past. And it could prove to be a guide for following subdivisions.

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