New Albany News

New Albany Co. planning 51 'empty-nester' homes


New Albany City Council on March 5 heard first reading on a zoning change for 18 acres on the west side of Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, between The Reserve subdivision and Maplewood Cemetery.

If approved, the zoning designation would change from agricultural to an infill-planned unit development and make way for 51 detached, single-family homes.

The land is owned by the New Albany Co. The homes would be marketed as "empty-nester" housing, but not restricted to that demographic, said Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co.

"This is an age-targeted neighborhood not an age-restricted neighborhood," Rubey said.

An association would care for the grounds and driveways and there would be green space but no playgrounds, he said.

Homes would be 2,800 to 3,200 square feet, with no more than three bedrooms, including a first-floor master bedroom.

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

Councilman Stephen Pleasnick said the community needs that type of housing but the price point may be too high for some.

"I think you need to try to be as efficient with the price point as you can and still meet the standards our community has set," Pleasnick said.

Rubey said the units would have brick and siding and nice landscaping, all of which increases the price.

Attorney Ben Hale Jr., who represents the New Albany Co., said the homes would have a price range, with options for upgrading units.

Hale said the location is within walking distance of Market Square and CVS Pharmacy.

The zoning application has been informally reviewed by the New Albany Planning Commission. It will go before the commission March 18 for a formal recommendation and come back to City Council for second reading and a potential vote on April 2.