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Plan to put more houses near Dayton Mall faces key vote

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The developer who owns the nearly 32 acres where a builder wants to put 82 homes north of the Dayton Mall is encouraged by the progress of a revised proposal.

“I’d like to see it go forward,” Adam Zengel of Zengel Construction said of the project, called Rivendell. “I’d like to see the Ryan (Homes) plan get approved. I think it would be good for the neighborhood.”

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Vienna Park neighbors off Ohio 741 have had some issues with the Ryan Homes proposal, which seeks a major modification to a 2007 plan by Zengel Construction that proposed building 88 homes made of all brick and stone on the land, township records show.

The request also has drawn concern from zoning commissioners and trustees, both of which in the spring unanimously rejected a version that they said didn’t meet township standards.

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But last month a revised plan – which requested, and received, a softening of building material guidelines to include 80 percent brick or stone - won the unanimous blessing of the Miami Twp. Zoning Commission.

If trustees – which are set to review the issue Sept. 12 - approve the change, it will allow Ryan to present final plans for the housing development.

Residents – many of whom live in brick homes built by Zengel – have expressed concerns about the proposed building materials, the housing density, the impact of traffic, drainage and green space, among other issues.

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About 10 of the more than three dozen residents at a July commission meeting raised questions about the proposal, records show. Minutes from the Aug. 18 meeting – when commissioners approved the request – are not yet available, according to the township.

In rejecting the previous request, Trustee Doug Barry noted the construction materials used to build his home would not have met zoning guidelines under the 2007 plan for the Zengel land. Yet, Barry encouraged Ryan Homes and residents to seek a compromise.

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“It would be my recommendation that the two sides get together and come up with something that’s going to (work with) both sides,” he said.

“We’re a growing community that people want to move into,” he added. “So we do have standards that are there that have to be met. But on the other hand, when they are met there will be a development that goes forward.”

Ryan Homes representative Mark Locke said he has reached out to residents regarding drainage issues and is committed to working with them in the final development stage, records show.

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Having plans meet Montgomery County and Miami Twp. storm water requirements were among the conditions set by zoning commissioners in endorsing the change. They also adopted more than two dozen development standards that Rivendell must meet.

A draft of those standards addresses issues such as density, traffic, landscaping, setbacks, number of streets, construction activity, lighting and elevations.

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