City puts golf-course subdivision on fast track
Dominion will build 16 homes at Glen Ross Golf Club
A new private subdivision is set to be constructed as part of the Glen Ross Golf Club.
At its meeting April 8, Delaware City Council approved a preliminary development plan for the new subdivision, which will include 16 single-family homes on an 8.6-acre plot.
The homes will be constructed by Dominion Homes at the terminus of Clubhouse Drive, set back from Cheshire Road.
A new clubhouse will be constructed as part of the development.
Council members approved the plan on its first reading, forgoing second and third readings, to stay on track for construction season.
"It's building season and we want to move things along," said Planning Director Dave Efland. "As soon as the weather breaks is when things can start happening, so we hope to take advantage of that."
Mayor Gary Milner said the plan was vetted by the city's planning commission prior to being presented to council.
Council still must approve a final development plan at an upcoming meeting after review by the city's engineering and utilities departments.
Prior plans called for the construction of 56 condominium homes at the golf club, but the developer pushed for single-family homes because the housing market is turning around, Efland said.
"The reasoning behind the change was that market conditions are changing," he said.
Also during the meeting, council approved funding for the construction of two new water lines in Delaware.
First, supplemental funding in the amount of $595,534 was approved for a new primary water line along U.S. Route 23 from Hills-Miller Road to Pennsylvania Avenue, replacing the current line.
The total construction cost is estimated at $1.16 million.
The remaining portion of the existing water line along Route 23 will continue to be used, but as a low-pressure sewer main transporting rejected water from the city's water plant.
Additional funding was needed because the cost of obtaining right of way from residents to install the water line is higher than anticipated, said city Public Utilities Director Brad Stanton.
The supplemental funding also will be used for the installation of an alternate water transmission line along Clear Run Road.
"It will give us redundancy and backup in case we ever were to have a water-main break on one of our two main transmission lines," Stanton said.
Council also approved funding in the amount of $721,897 for the installation of a new water line to eliminate backyard flooding and sinkholes along Euclid Avenue and surrounding areas.
The line will run underground between West Lincoln and Elmwood avenues, from Euclid Avenue to North Liberty Street.
Both projects will be completed using a pipe-bursting technique, in which the existing pipe is broken into pieces instead of being removed, and a new pipe is insert-ed.
That will allow the city to replace existing pipes without digging a trench, eliminating the need to temporarily relocate power lines or phone lines and remove trees.