Aerial view of Cornerstone of Centerville development looking northeast. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Developer: Cornerstone growth ‘caught us all off guard’

The rapidly growing area of Greene County’s southwest border with Montgomery County has raised a need for more water service, but one developer says the concern is not slowing construction activity.

A report released by Greene County titled “Clyo Area Tank Project” states that water usage in the Clyo service area, which includes the Cornerstone of Centerville retail and commercial development and the soon-to-be built Grand of Sugarcreek community, is expected to double in the next five to seven years.

Development plans approved, but still no water tower deal

Construction on other commercial and residential projects are expected to begin this year and next on more than 100 acres of prime real estate in that area, but the county has not yet reached a deal with a property owner on locating and building an elevated water tower.

“We absolutely need an elevated water storage tank in that area for future development. We continue to work with property owners to find a suitable location for it,” said Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson.

Multi-family and senior-living housing projects are expected to break ground starting in the spring 2020 in the Cornerstone North area, according to the developer, George Oberer.

There are shovel-ready sites on approximately 72 other acres that have already sold. Future developments could come from Kettering Health Network, which owns about 10 acres of vacant land in the Cornerstone area.

Oberer said the water service is currently adequate and ongoing construction is not slowing down, but Cornerstone’s rapid growth “caught us all off-guard.”

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“Cornerstone developed faster than any of us thought it would,” Oberer said. “The success of Cornerstone and added developments north of Brown Road has moved the water tower up on the agenda.”

Guttman Development Group recently finalized its purchase of the Rollandia golf course property, which sits north of Brown Road. Their initial plans are to build The Grand of Sugarcreek, a mix of independent/assisted living and memory care residences for senior citizens on 19 of the 42 acres.

A Guttman official said they are hopeful to begin construction on the senior living community later this year.

Huddleson said they are looking at “a few parcels” for the potential site to build the water tower that is in an elevated area and close to existing water piping.

“As the area continues to grow, there will come a point where the water available will not facilitate any new construction (water demand) without a water tower. We are doing everything we can to make sure that does not happen,” Huddleson said.

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