A Centerville housing development is expanding. Here’s what it means for the area.

The Grove at Yankee Trace, the final single family development in the Yankee Trace community, will be holding its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the entrance of the development off of Paragon Road.
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The Grove at Yankee Trace, the final single family development in the Yankee Trace community, will be holding its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the entrance of the development off of Paragon Road.

An expansion to the Yankee Trace housing development along Paragon Road called The Grove at Yankee Trace will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. today, as developers and public officials will meet at the entrance of the project off of Paragon Road.

Centerville City Council unanimously approved the plan for The Grove at Yankee Trace in July 2014. The 27-unit housing development of single-family homes will be located between Paragon Road and Yankee Trace Drive. The opening signals that the lots are now available for sale.

The entrance to the expansion will be constructed at the southern edge of an S-curve on Paragon Road between Spring Valley Pike and Legendary Way.

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Washington Twp. Administrator Jesse Lightle voiced concerns over the entryway, explaining that, “the township would like to see a cul-de-sac in that location rather than an access point.”

Lightle said a concern for the township is the line-of-sight for drivers who would be exiting and entering Yankee Trace at the new intersection.

“Several years ago Paragon Road was improved by the township,” Lightle said. “We softened the two 90-degree turns there, but the curves do still exist.”

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The Montgomery County Engineer’s Office conducted a sight-distance study on the proposed intersection, and it met county requirements.

“It barely was sufficient,” said Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. “It did meet the minimum standard.”

The project is being developed by Atlanta-based Yankee Trace Woods LLC. Brian Barnard, CEO of Yankee Trace LLC, said the cost of the project would be around $2 million in infrastructure.

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Barnard, a graduate of Chaminade-Julienne in Dayton, has a vested interest in the area.

“My in-laws and my family live in Dayton and I’m from Dayton originally,” said Barnard, who has owned the property for 10 years. “I was trying to bring some economic prosperity back home.”

The lots are “bring your own builder” and are listed by Gerald “Jey” Ellis and Kimberly Graeter of Coldwell Banker Heritage.

The cost of building will vary, but the range for each home is estimated to be between $350,000 and $500,000, according to the developer.

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