Orange Township to consider potential developments
Orange Township trustees have scheduled hearings for mid-October on two rezoning requests involving two planned residential subdivisions and a proposed office campus.
During their meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, trustees Rob Quigley and Debbie Taranto scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 17 on a request by M/I Homes of Central Ohio to rezone 107 acres at 6525 Africa Road from farm residential district to single-family planned residential district.
Trustee Lisa Knapp did not attend the Oct. 1 meeting. Quigley said she was ill.
M/I wants to develop 141 residential lots in what would be called the Sanctuary at the Lakes.
Another 44 smaller residential lots would be located in a development called the Enclave at the Lakes.
The land is owned by Katherine S. Leveque and Leveque Estates LLC.
Another hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct 17 on a request by Triple T Transport to rezone 5.8 acres at 433 Lewis Center Road from farm residential district to planned commercial and office district.
Triple T, an existing business in the township, wants to construct an office campus of up to three buildings of 14,200 square feet each, Township Zoning Inspector Tom Farahay told Quigley and Taranto.
The buildings would be constructed in three phases, he said. Triple T would have between 50 and 60 employees and wants to move to the site to expand its business, Farahay said. The property is owned by Cynthia Langhirt.
Quigley said development of the site is a great example of the township working with a business seeking a new location.
Fire Prevention Week activities
Also at this week's meeting, Fire Chief Tom Stewart told trustees about two events planned as part of Fire Prevention Week.
The department will partner with Nationwide Insurance Co. at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for a demonstration for the news media and others on the potential severity of kitchen fires.
Nationwide has a specially designed house at its Northpointe Conference Center at 100 Green Meadows Drive S. to use for such fire demonstrations.
Representatives of the fire department, along with insurance claims specialists, will be there to discuss how to prevent kitchen fires.
Stewart said one in 22 households will have a cooking fire each year.
In addition, the fire department will hold its annual open house at the station at 7700 Gooding Blvd. from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Stewart said the open house will include a variety of family activities, including face-painting for children. Fire-safety demonstrations will take place, and residents can take a tour of the station. There will be free food, refreshments and balloons.
Taranto said the open house is a great community event and a good way to showcase the fire department.
Also at the Oct. 1 meeting:
* Former township trustee Mark Robertson, who was on a steering committee this year involved with a feasibility study for a possible community recreation center, told trustees he is glad the township is moving forward to the next step to determine if a center should be built.
The feasibility study by Pros Consulting LLC of Indianapolis included a survey of several hundred households in the township.
Sixty-five percent of those residents indicated they either supported or might support a tax increase for a center.
A lot of work still remains to be done, such as determining a site for any center and how to pay for it, including possible financial partnerships with businesses.
Robertson said if a tax issue is placed on the ballot, voters ultimately will decide if there will be a center.
* Trustees approved a request from Robertson to allow the Lewis Center-Polaris Rotary to hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the parking lot at Township Hall Park, 1680 E. Orange Road.
The garage sale is an annual fundraiser by the club to help families in need at Christmas, Robertson said.