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New Albany Co. seeks rezoning for 18 acres

Plans call for 51 single-family residences for 'empty-nesters'


New Albany City Council was expected Tuesday, March 5, to hear a first reading of a zoning change requested by the New Albany Co. for 18 acres on the west side of Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, between The Reserve and Maplewood Cemetery.

Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co., said the land is zoned for agricultural use. If City Council agrees to change the zoning to an infill-planned unit development, the company plans to build 51 single-family, detached homes for "empty-nesters" on the site.

"The home plans target a sector of the market we haven't been able to meet," Rubey said. "We believe it has all of those things that sector of the community wants."

Rubey said people whose children are grown and want to move into a smaller home would be interested in this neighborhood.

Homes would be between 2,800 and 3,200 square feet, with no more than three bedrooms, a first-floor master bedroom, no playgrounds and a homeowners association that would care for the grounds.

The average home price would be $420,000, he said.

Rubey said the development differs from other projects, such as Keswick Commons on Market Street or Richmond Square off Johnstown Road, because those are attached units that run between $600,000 and $800,000.

The New Albany Planning Commission informally reviewed the project Feb. 20.

City Council on March 5 was expected to refer the zoning change back to the commission for a formal recommendation. The next planning commission meeting is March 18.

Rubey said the site has some challenges because there is a gas line running diagonally through the property.

The development would connect to the 2012 Parade of Homes site through the extension of Straits Lane, he said.

The land once was owned by a Christian radio station and was planned to house a children's camp, Rubey said.