Fairborn approves $10M apartment building plan for TCN Behavioral Health

Developer says project will provide stability for people who struggled to find housing

FAIRBORN — A regional mental health and substance use treatment group has been granted a land-use change in Fairborn to construct a 40-unit apartment building for its clients.

TCN Behavioral Health Services wants to build one-bedroom apartments on about 5.4 acres at 220 Rockdell Drive, north of Interstate 675, a $10 million investment, according to the organization.

“This building will serve a tremendous need in the community,” said Bob McCann, chief financial officer of Oberer Companies, the project developer.

Credit: STAFF

Credit: STAFF

TCN proposed the apartments “because they were frustrated with the amount of their clients who couldn’t find housing and were either homeless or housed in substandard housing,” McCann said.

The project “should see a pretty decent decrease in the cost to Fairborn for services of these residents, many of (whom) already live in Fairborn,” he added.

“When they have a place to be housed and they have services, they’ll be less (likely) to find their way to the jail or to the emergency room and in general be much less of a burden to the services that are provided by the city,” McCann said.

Plans call for the site to open in 2025, said TCN’s Tasha Jones.

Fairborn City Council Monday night voted 6-0 for a zoning change from medium-density residential to planned unit development. The move also approved a preliminary plan for the apartments.

The city’s planning board earlier recommended the change. City Planner Kathleen Riggs said storm water plans would be submitted later.

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The zoning change was the focus of a public hearing Monday night, and there was no opposition. Adjacent property owners, community agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all notified of the plans, city records show.

TCN is a nonprofit organization that provides mental health, substance use and psychiatric services for adults and youth in Champaign, Greene, Logan, Miami, and Montgomery counties.

A TCN official said it will staff the site at all times and offer a number of services there, but not psychiatric care. Security, including cameras, is planned, but the details have not been finalized, the official said.

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TCN proposes to have a property manager present from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week, according to the city.

The 35,000-square-foot, one-story building is a planned for a vacant site owned by the Fairborn Development Corp., city records show.

The building would include a community room, program space, office space, an area for social services and laundry facilities, Fairborn records state.

It would be located north of I-675, south of Old Yellow Springs Road and west of Beaver Valley Road.

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