“Best Residential Site Plan Under 25 Acres”

As referenced in the project history section of the Fortbay site, the development listed as The Tresor at the Almaden Winery received an award for “Best Residential Site Plan Under 25 Acres” at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in 1995. The PCBC is the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region, sponsored by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and endorsed by the Leading Builders of America (LBA). The Tresor project was completed by New Cities Development Group where Tom deRegt, currently a principal of Fortbay, acted also as a principal and founding member of the development firm.

This is an excerpt from The San Francisco Chronicle published in June of 1995:

The Tresor at the Almaden Winery in San Jose received top honors in the “Best Residential Site Plan Under 25 Acres” category. It tied with Altezza of Newport Coast.

The Tresor, an in-fill project which had a density of 13.7 homes per acre, was designed by McLarand, Vasquez & Partners. The subdivision was developed by New Cities.

Judges said the subdivision took “good advantage of a cluster concept” of building homes around a courtyard. They added:

“Particularly well resolved, the collector roads have no garages fronting them. This effectively integrates the impact of the garages on the overall project, and reduces the feeling of a high-density land plan. The individual clusters provide useable drives with views to landscaped pockets instead of garage doors. Individual units provide usable yards and outdoor living spaces. An excellent combination of good yield and a quality community that provides a good alternative to attached products.”