Apartment plan wins preliminary OK

The plan now goes to the board of trustees. A final plan will need to be submitted and approved before construction can begin.

Tiffany said construction could start next year if everything goes according to plan.

EARLIER STORY (May 25)

Revised plans for an apartment development behind the Walmart and Staples stores on Wilmington Pike have been presented to the township following backlash from nearby residents.

The $21 million proposed development would be constructed on a 30-acre section of land where Center Point Drive dead ends. The revised plans calls for Center Point to be extended to connect to Clyo Road, according to Sugarcreek Twp. Administrator Barry Tiffany.

“It’ll encourage that (development) traffic to go down to Clyo Road,” Tiffany said.

The new plan would have two entrances to the luxury apartment development from Center Point. The connection to the White Fence Farms neighborhood via Sonoma Court was scrapped to address the concerns of residents.

“Originally they submitted a plan that created a lot of concern for the neighbors to the south specifically,” Tiffany said. “They have eliminated any connection to the subdivision to the south.”

Tiffany said Redwood also moved the apartments further away from the southern lots that would border the single-family home development along Napa Valley and Silverado drives. There will be 100 feet, instead of 50 feet, between the southern property lines and the development, Tiffany said.

“They’re adding more buffering in the form of mounds and trees and vegetation,” Tiffany said.

Redwood’s original plans for the apartment complex were submitted to the township last fall and called for 207 rental units on the property. The revised plan, submitted last week, has 203 units, according to Tiffany.

Monthly rates for the apartments will run between $1,200 and $1,500. Each unit will have either a single-vehicle or two-vehicle attached garage.

Randy Dodson lives on Napa Valley and was against the initial proposal and still has his concerns about the development despite the revisions.

“The design that they’re proposing now is better than the last one, but you still have the same issue,” said Dodson, who objects to any type of apartment complex behind his home. “I’d much rather have single homes. If you’re going to develop it there, develop it that way.”

Tiffany said the developer has also created a parking lot near Rob Kehl Park to allow renters to visit the park without leaving the development.

Redwood owns and manages 4,500 units across the Midwest including developments planned for Fairborn, Huber Heights and Washington Twp.

The development proposal is scheduled for a public hearing at the June 9 Sugarcreek Twp. Board of Zoning Commission meeting.

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