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New home subdivision taking shape near Beavercreek

A new Beavercreek Twp. subdivision bordering Narrows Reserve Nature Center is taking shape, as dozens of homes have popped up across from the Russ Research Center on Indian Ripple Road near South Alpha Bellbrook Road.

The plan for The River Reserve calls for 244 homes to be built on a total of 136 acres, according to Ed Amrhein, Beavercreek Twp.’s planning and zoning administrator.

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Arnold Development Company is the developer, and Ryan Homes is the builder, according to regional planning records.

“It’s going up quickly,” Amrhein said. “Ryan Homes … they are constantly looking for new property.”

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The homes that are being built now are in the first of three sections of land to be developed, according to Ken LeBlanc, Greene County Regional Planning and Coordinating Commission executive director.

“Section one has been recorded and homes are being built. Sections two and three have been approved by (the county’s regional planning commission) and are under construction prior to recording and selling of lots,” LeBlanc said.

Construction on the other two sections could begin soon.

“I expect construction to start on section two and maybe section three this summer or fall,” Amrhein said.

A sign at the entrance to the subdivision tells passersby that the homes being built there will start in the $250,000 price range.

Lot sizes range from less than a quarter acre to about an acre or a little more, Amrhein said.

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“As you go down the hill toward the Narrows Reserve the parcels get bigger. Section three will have somewhat larger parcels,” Amrhein said.

Most of the development will have access to sewer and water service, but the topography in the section closest to the Little Miami River and Narrows Reserve park presents a problem.

“This portion of the development is too low to be served by sanitary … They’ll have public water but not sewer,” Amrhein said.

There are several residential developments either under construction or in various stages of planning in Beavercreek Twp. Of the 2,916 homes that have been approved for construction, 1,988 have been built. There are also 192 “shovel-ready sites,” according to the latest report from the township’s zoning department.

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