The plans for two large housing estates will be pushed ahead on June 3rd after unanimous approval by the Reynoldsburg planning commission.
A converted housing project along Lancaster Avenue known as The Oliver has grown to 150 townhouses and apartments.
In a separate project, central Ohio builder Joe Ciminello came before the Commission with a plan to build more than 400 homes north of East Main Street and west of Summit Road across from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The developer Michael Oliver of Principle Homes LLC originally planned a community of 56 apartments and 32 townhouses on 4.5 acres at 1170 Lancaster Ave.
However, the developers returned to the commission on June 3 with modified blueprints for 126 apartments and 24 row houses with attached garages on 7.6 hectares, as well as a pavilion and a dog park.
“When I was first approached by Michael (Oliver) and we started developing this first proposal, it was always his intention to expand this neighborhood into a larger area,” project architect and planner Lori Gunzelman told the commission. “I don’t think he expected to get the package north as quickly as he did. And when we were given this opportunity, it just made sense for us to acquire it and incorporate it into the current designs. ”
The one- and two-room apartments will be between 615 square meters and 998 square meters, according to plans submitted to the city.
The two- and three-bedroom townhouses being sold to private owners will have attached two-car garages and will range in size from 1,870 square feet to 2,350 square feet.
The employees of the planning commission support the updated site design with two-storey terraced houses outside and three-storey apartment buildings inside the estate.
Local residents are vocal about the development, citing concerns about traffic, flooding and whether three-story buildings fit the character of the surrounding neighborhoods.
In an email to the commission, Tom and Amy Fee of Bryden Road said the development is creating “a huge increase in population density” and “a major problem for traffic in Main (Street) and Lancaster (Avenue)” becomes.
They said more than 680 people signed a petition asking the commission to refuse to develop.
“I’ve lived here longer than many people live here,” said Commissioner Keith Benner. “And, you know, Brookside is an old, old, established neighborhood, and a three-story apartment building in the middle of it is going to be hard to hit.”
Benner added that developers and city officials are trying to “make it a viable product”.
Oliver bought the property from Grace Apostolic Church to the south on Lancaster Avenue. The location is divided into zones for residential medium.
In a September email to city officials, Grace Apostolic Pastor Robert Linder said the congregation was “grateful for (Oliver’s) commitment to our area and willingness to invest in our neighborhood.”
Ciminello’s plan for approximately 35 acres along East Main Street will consist of 159 “single-story units with attached garages” and 264 “units with detached garages and amenities,” according to a project summary.
“What lies ahead of you … are two multi-family sites,” Ciminello told the commission. “A diverse product, one-story ranch, attached garage for two cars… more geared towards empty nests, young professionals. Then there is the three-story walk-in apartment building for younger and sometimes older people. ”
Ultimately, Ciminello’s plan calls for a mix of more than 700 homes and apartments on 11.5 acres of commercial land on East Main Street. Six types of single-family condominiums are planned, including traditional single-family homes, attached single-family townhouses, and plots with individual homes on larger lots.
Further plans are a neighborhood center with an outdoor pool and parking areas.
The commercial property will include retail and office space, such as the Westar development on Cleveland Avenue and Polaris Parkway in Westerville, Reynoldsburg development director Andrew Bowsher told the city council in February when he approved the annexation of the property.
The council has also established three zoning for the project: Main Street District, Residential District (RM) and Suburban Residential District (SR).