Union Village authority formed in Warren County

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

12,000 to live in planned Warren County community

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

12,000 people to live in new planned community

The Warren County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution this morning establishing a new community authority for the 1,200-acre Union Village development.

More than 12,000 people are expected to eventually live in the residential sections of the development on land owned by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices.

“You are literally transforming this acreage into a village,” Commissioner Dave Young said.

Through the authority, charges from residents and users of the development, expected to grow to 4,500 homes and multi-family residences, will be used to support and operate the development, perhaps including construction of a fire station or school.

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A 109-acre sports complex and a range of other retail and commercial development are also to be built on the land around Otterbein’s main retirement campus and headquarters, west of Lebanon. The land is part of more than 4,000 acres once part of the Union Village inhabited by the Shakers, a religious community, into the late 1800’s.

“It’s a nice way to do something unique and special,” said Jill Wilson, who heads Otterbein, a non-profit retirement community provider based in Warren County.

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