Miami Twp. plans to extend Vienna Parkway, which is across from Cox Arboretum and north of the Dayton Mall, to Ohio 741. Earlier this month it approved plans for an 119-bed senior living facility near that site. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Senior living facility near Cox Arboretum approved

Some residents at a recent meeting questioned why township trustees approved the construction of a senior living facility north of the Dayton Mall before getting approval for a road extension and traffic upgrades near that site off Ohio 741.

Trustees recently approved final plans for a two-story, 119-bed Trilogy Health Services’ facility off of Ohio 741. The complex would be built next to land where the township is seeking to extend Vienna Parkway and connect it to Ohio 741. A traffic light is also proposed for that intersection, near an entrance to Cox Arboretum.

Some residents in that neighborhood recently questioned the move, saying allowing the construction of the senior center first to putting “the cart before the horse.” But trustees said addressing the plan for the senior center before one for the $2 million road extension was the prudent move.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is reviewing the final development plan for the Vienna Parkway connection to Ohio 741, township records show. But Silvercliff Drive resident Ronald Riddle said he is concerned that proposal will not be approved.

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“If this access and the traffic light is not allowed our residents on west and north side of Vienna Park will have even greater problem with traffic,” on residential streets around Vienna Parkway, Riddle said.

He was among a handful residents in and around the Vienna Park neighborhood earlier this month questioning trustees about the road extension.

But Miami Twp. Board of Trustees Vice President John Morris said voting to approve the plans of the senior living facility was the right decision as transportation officials required the access points to the site to be on Vienna Parkway and not Ohio 741.

“It makes more sense for us to understand the full nature of a development prior to making an infrastructure plan to support the development,” Morris said.

“We weren’t trying to do anything other than to know exactly what was coming in before we started to debate how to service that facility” with the road extension, he added.

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Trilogy officials have said construction of the senior facility is expected to be a 16-month project not likely to be complete until 2021, records show. The Louisville Ky.-based company has plans to build a 90,000 square foot facility on 8.8 acres.

The township last year acquired about 13 acres off of Ohio 741 where the road extension and senior facility would be located in a development now called Vienna Center.

A proposal to extend Vienna Parkway may be heard by the township’s zoning commission by end of September, Morris said.

The plan includes two westbound lanes - including a turn lane - and an eastbound one, records show. The west and eastbound lanes near the intersection includes a median.

That lane configuration could change, township officials said, depending on a traffic study by the ODOT.

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