Kettering plan for restaurants, housing in business parks draws neighbors’ concerns

KETTERING — Miami Valley Research Park neighbors are concerned Kettering’s proposed changes to allow housing and restaurants there would impact nearby properties.

The city is considering changes to expand land uses on large tracts at the 1,250-acre property and Kettering Business Park on a limited basis to adapt to changing trends that attract a wider variety of industries and jobs.

Mount St. John and the Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning leaders specifically questioned how a residential development of about 300 units now in the planning stages would impact area noise, traffic and environmental issues.

“I can’t imagine that (development) fitting without impeding the view and knowing it could likely come with one and a half car spaces per unit… and an inevitable increase (in) traffic, noise and pollutants” impacting the Little Beaver Creek, Mount St. John Marianist Sister Leanne Jablonski said.

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Similar thoughts were expressed by Brent Devitt, executive director at Bergamo.

“I do have a lot of questions regarding the environment impact such a development would have,” he said.

Bergamo has more than 8,000 guests a year and “increasingly, noise from County Line Road traffic is becoming more and more of a concern,” Devitt said.

“I hope a lot of serious thought goes into addressing these concerns,” he said.

The comments by Jablonski and Devitt were part of Kettering City Council’s public hearings this week on proposed changes to the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning codes.

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Mount St. John is a 150-acre property across County Line in Beavercreek owned by the Marianists, who have lived and worked there since 1910, according to its website. The land includes the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and Bergamo.

Concerns by Jablonski and Devitt centered on a proposal to build an apartment complex on about 28 acres at the corner of Research Park Boulevard and County Line near the Beavercreek corporation line.

No formal plans have been submitted yet, according to the city. But Cleveland-based Industrial Commercial Properties looking to build multifamily housing at MVRP, where it owns about 50 acres, a company executive has told the Dayton Daily News.

Plans are not likely to be submitted until after Kettering’s council votes on the proposed changes and they take effect, according to the city. Mayor Don Patterson said legislation on the changes will be considered on an unspecified “future” date.

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Jablonski, director of the MEEC, said Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman has been helpful in providing information about the issue. She said her team can help the city “think through some sustainable options for our future as good neighbors.”

Kettering is considering the land use changes to keep pace “as our economy evolves” and “it is our priority to welcome new ideas for growth,” Schwieterman said in a statement.

“With those ideas comes research and consideration for our residents, business owners, infrastructure, green space and natural habitats that exist in and around Kettering,” he added. “Business parks have begun to change, as well, from an office environment to an integrated plan focusing on work-life balance for employees. This project also allows us to use undeveloped land in Kettering.”

Current development trends are “pushing for onsite or close proximity (such) as supportive retail and restaurants and higher-density housing,” Kettering Planning and Development Director Tom Robillard said.

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Robillard said the zoning changes would allow restaurants and housing as a conditional use in business parks while restricting uses so they don’t detract “from the main purpose of a business park zoning district.”

The changes would, he said, add two standards:

•Residential developments be on lots of at least 10 acres and include at least 200 units.

•Restaurant developments be on lots of at least 10 acres and include at least 20,000 square feet of restaurant use.

Once a plan is submitted, it will require a public hearing and conditional use approval by the planning commission, city officials said.


Changes Kettering is considering allowing housing and restaurants in Kettering Business Park and Miami Valley Research Park with the following requirements:

•Residential developments be on lots of at least 10 acres and include at least 200 units.

•Restaurant developments be on lots of at least 10 acres and include at least 20,000 square feet of restaurant use.

SOURCE: City of Kettering

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