Genoa Township is preparing for a new community designed for empty-nesters.

The township's board of trustees approved in June an 18.67-acre development at the intersection of Worthington Road and Big Walnut Road called Hawks Nest at Highland Lakes.

The planned residential development would contain 30 single-family condominiums and is a joint venture between developer Pat Shivley and Hawks Nest Premier Living LLC, providing infrastructure, with Bob Webb Hawks Nest LLC building the residences.

Shivley said the Genoa Township spot was an ideal place for the development.

"The location is key," he said. "Hawks Nest ... is a very high-end, empty-nester product. What we're trying to do is get people who look to downsize out of Highland Lakes or Medallion (Club). This site basically is right in between."

The goal of the development, Shivley said, is to provide an empty-nester-oriented area that doesn't put residents "on top of each other."

"Each unit has its own privacy in the rear, so it's basically backed up to the woods or to open space," he said.

The condominiums will be about 2,000 or 3,000 square feet, but Shivley said the idea is to make them "feel like a larger home."

He called the floorplans "very unique."

According to a press release on the project, the final Hawks Nest at Highland Lakes site plan shows two access points -- a main in/out access off Worthington Road and an emergency-only access on Big Walnut Road. Code permits one major sign at the project's entrance.

In the release, Genoa Township Zoning Director Joe Shafer Shafer said the developer had asked for an additional divergence, a second sign as a marketing tool at the Big Walnut Road emergency entrance.

"The residential use is in keeping with the character of the surrounding land uses, especially the Highland Lakes development," Shafer said in the release.

"The project matches the character of the area. White homes with black accents -- a traditional neo-farmhouse design. It looks like a very nice product,"

Shivley said the developers have had a "tremendous" response in the weeks since the development was confirmed.

"We haven't even really put signs out yet, and we have a handful of people who are very interested," he said.

He said he hopes to be "pushing dirt" by October or November, and to be building units shortly after.

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