At first glance, the new homes just southeast of Johnstown might be mistaken as condominiums.
The developer of Greens of Kyber Run said he doesn't mind the comparison.
"The way they're designed, people can get confused," said Luke Frazier, marketing director of northeast Ohio-based Redwood Management Co. "These are single-story apartments, but they're just like condominiums, and we believe they are a great fit for Johnstown."
The 90-plus-unit community sits in the 5600 block of Mink Street, just south of the First Southern Baptist Church.
Described by developers as luxury living with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den and an attached garage, the floor plans feature "an eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, spacious living room, private patio and abundant storage."
The apartments, which rent from $995 to $1,295, are some of the most expensive in the area. Some units offer views of the Kyber Run Golf Course.
The area provides easy access to New Albany and Columbus, Frazier said.
"In choosing this location, we knew that Johnstown itself has started to grow, even in its downtown business district," Frazier said. "These apartment homes would be perfect for young couples or empty-nesters looking to downsize. It's a great fit for the area where you don't want a five-story apartment building and a lot of noise."
Roughly 30 units have been occupied, with the community officially opened Nov. 1.
Johnstown leaders have expressed support for the project.
"It's really an excellent neighborhood," Village Councilwoman Sharon Hendren said. "They're right where they need to be. They are very attractive and upscale, and they'll attract a different type of clientele."
Redwood builds communities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The company also has interest in developing a community for Pataskala's Main Street, south of Mill Street, on 19.4 acres. Three other lots on the remaining acreage would be used for commercial development.
In September, Pataskala City Council held its first hearing to rezone the property.
Johnstown has adopted a guiding-principals policy that focuses on development with three goals: job growth in excess of population growth; increase in the share of the tax base coming from nonresidential growth; and increase in career opportunities by attracting high-skilled jobs in expanding industries.
Hendren said she appreciates that Johnstown is growing but urged caution in how quickly it grows.
"You have to do it slowly so you can handle the children in the schools," she said. "We don't want to get too big too fast."