Construction on Centerville-area upscale condos near I-675 expected by summer



WASHINGTON TWP. – The builder of a multimillion-dollar condominium development wants to break ground in the coming months.

HBS Development Inc. President Michael Simms said he would like to start construction on the 37-unit McEwen Townhomes complex within 90 days.

The project estimated at more than $15 million just south of Interstate 675 received final development plan approval from Washington Twp. trustees last week.

Credit: STAFF

Credit: STAFF

Simms said he plans a “multi-year” project at 7575 McEwen Road.

“We’re going to start out with one building and we’re going to have a sales center model in that,” he said. “And then we’re going to do maybe a couple of buildings at a time.

“But with the level of homes, we anticipate some pre-sales and we anticipate some modifications – letting people pick out some of their own finishes,” Simms added.

Some units in the 12-building plan will be completed to a “presold stage” and Simms plans on “leaving some available for people to make their own selections” depending on the options they want.

The upscale condos will be priced starting in the $450,000 range, Simms said. They will average 3,000 square feet of living space with all units including a laundry room and a two-car garages, he added.

The predominantly brick structures will also include two- and three-bedroom units, as well as a rooftop balcony and an option for an elevator, Simms said.

The project will need to finish final engineering work and get a zoning certificate, Washington Twp. Development Director Ryan Lee said.

McEwen Townhomes will be built on 3.7 acres, about 70% of which be residential housing and the remainder greenspace, township records show.

“The rooftop balconies I think are going to be a positive,” Simms said. “We’re doing it kind of like an urban park setting. So the layout has a park feel in the center.”

The bottom floor would consist of an “owner’s suite,” and include the garage and study/exercise area, he said.

The second level would include an “open floor plan design” for a family room/great room, kitchen and dining area, and a half bathroom, Simms said.

The bedrooms would be on the third level with the top level consisting of a game room and an open rooftop area with a balcony, he said.

Simms said his business expects to begin preselling units in the next 30 to 60 days and he looks to complete the first building around the beginning of 2022.

Prospective buyers will be “people who want to be in the Washington Twp. area that are looking for low maintenance with a nice size. They’re pretty good size condominiums,” he said.

“There will probably be some people who are stepping up to buy and some who are changing from a single-family home to a condominium lifestyle,” Simms added.

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