A residential project proposed for an area west of Jackson Pike would also include a 10- to 11-acre site that would be earmarked for an elementary school building.

The Grove City Planning Commission June 5 gave its recommendation for approval of a preliminary development plan for Farmstead, a subdivision that would include 535 single-family houses on about 210 acres on what is listed on the application as the Hancock property at 62 Jackson Pike, about a half mile north of London-Groveport Road.

According to the application, the properties to be developed are currently within unincorporated Jackson Township, and the preliminary development plan application has been submitted with the understanding that the site will be rezoned and the final development plan reviewed once annexed into Grove City.

The design of the houses would be "modern farmhouse, something that is familiar and family friendly and that is contextual to central Ohio," said Jason Wisniewski, vice president of planning and zoning for the applicant, Grand Communities Ltd.

The project would include 415 single-family detached houses and 120 single-family attached houses, he said. Sixty percent of the houses would back up to some type of open space rather than to another house site, he said.

In all, the development would feature 67 acres of open space, Wisniewski said.

Indian Trail Park on the west side of the project area would be expanded by more than nine acres, he said. The development would have more than two miles of trails, including a trail that would connect from the park north along Grant's Run all the way to Jackson Pike (Route 104), where it would head south to a new trail on Hawthorne Parkway.

An amenity center for Farmstead residents would be built in the central portion of the subdivision, Wisniewski said. Although the details need to be finalized, amenity centers typically have features such as a cabana or clubhouse, a pool, fields, a playground, parking and trails.

The developer consulted with South-Western City School District officials regarding the potential school site, he said.

"We met with the school superintendent (Bill Wise) and proposed a number of potential school sites," Wisniewski said.

The discussions included the number of students the school might serve and the size and location of the school that would best serve the district's needs, he said.

The school site would be located in the southwest corner of the subdivision, Wisniewski said.

"We're excited about the opportunity to have a future elementary building integrated into the creation of a new neighborhood in our community," Wise said.

"Based on the information we have at this time, and assuming student enrollment continues to grow at its current rate, it will be several years before this site could result in a new building," Wise said.

"When the need is there, we will be in a better position to respond," he said.

The building would most likely serve between 520 and 600 elementary school students, he said.

As for the houses in the Farmstead development, the anticipated price would range from about $250,000 to $500,000, Wisniewski said.

The detached houses would include residences targeted for "move-up" buyers with young and growing families, larger houses for "second move-up" homebuyers and cottages that would offer "low-maintenance lifestyle choices" for empty nesters, he said.

A final plan for the attached houses is still pending, but the likely target market would be young professionals and empty nesters, Wisniewski said.

With the planning commission's recommendation, the preliminary development plan will move to city council for its review and approval.

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