A plan to build new homes on about 32 acres north of the Dayton Mall will go before trustees next week for the fourth time with neighbors still concerned about its impact.
The Miami Twp. Zoning Commission voted this week to recommend approval of the changes that would allow the 82-home Rivendell development near an upscale, brick-home neighborhood.
The project is expected to generate more traffic on Vienna Parkway between Ohio 741 and Mad River Road, especially with last year’s trustees’ vote to extend the parkway 650 feet to the state route.
While some residents told commissioners Tuesday night the increased traffic would negatively affect their streets, they appeared less resistant to this plan compared to previous versions.
“I’m not specifically opposed to this development,” Mike Madges of Lorien Woods Drive said. “A lot of work has been done to get to this point. I appreciate that.”
Madges encouraged commissioners to push for Vienna Parkway traffic improvements before its $2 million extension creates a direct route from Mad River to Ohio 741, where a traffic signal is planned.
“Our communities have two major roads – one being Mad River Road (and) the other being Springboro Pike, or 741,” he said. “Anyone living in this development coming from Springboro Pike will come through Vienna Parkway. Anyone coming from Mad River……will need to turn on Vienna Parkway.”
The proposal seeks a regulation amendment for Rivendell, a plan originally approved in 2007 near the Miamisburg corporation line.
The plan is scheduled to be considered next Tuesday by trustees, a board that has three times rejected other Rivendell proposals.
The price range for the homes in the proposal by the Zengel Construction Co. is “yet to be determined,” but may involve homes listed for $250,000 to $260,000 “and go up well over $300,000,” said Mark Locke of NVR, Inc.
The application by Zengel – which also built the surrounding neighborhood – does not appear not name a builder. However, logos from Ryan Homes, which was a part of previous proposals, are part of records submitted to the township.
The plan calls for the development to be accessible from Rosecliff Place from the north and Fox Run Road from the east.
With two entrances - and the Vienna Parkway extension scheduled to be completed this year - “it’s going to completely change the traffic pattern in the subdivision,” said Jim Zengel, president of Zengel Construction.
Montgomery County engineers have said “the surrounding streets….are capable of handling the additional traffic,” he added.
Yet, Fox Run resident Dave Rickert said he remains concerned about the impact of traffic on his street.
“It is a narrow street. It is going to become a real thoroughfare,” he said.
If approved by trustees, construction is not scheduled to begin until March 2021, said Kyle Hinkelman, Miami Twp. Community Development deputy director.
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