Homes in the Riviera development off Avery Road will be ready to build in late fall, according to M/I Homes Vice President of Land Kevin Zeppernick.

Homes in the Riviera development off Avery Road will be ready to build in late fall, according to M/I Homes Vice President of Land Kevin Zeppernick.

The housing development, located north of the Belvedere subdivision, consists of 152 acres of former golf course land and is being developed in a joint venture by M/I Homes and Davidson Phillips. A total of 185 lots are planned. Davidson Phillips will control 40, while M/I will control the remainder.

Site infrastructure work began in May, Zeppernick said, and a detailed engineering process with the city of Dublin that began last fall concluded in early spring.

"There's a lot of cooperation that occurs," Zeppernick said.

Homes marketed toward empty nesters will make up 36 of the units, Zeppernick said, and those will be in the $400,000 range. The other M/I homes will be within the $500,000 to $600,000 range.

Zeppernick said the location of the development was chosen based on proximity to business, shopping and living amenities.

The location also is adjacent to multiple schools within the Dublin City School District.

"People are more and more today looking for walkability," Zeppernick said.

Walkability has grown in popularity, and individuals want the ability to easily travel to restaurants, grocery stores and other amenities, said Jim Hilz, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio.

"The walkability factor is huge across all segments," Hilz said, and the Columbus area needs to do a better job of adapting to that need, he added. Dublin, with its walking trails, has done a good job of providing walkability to its residents.

"People don't want to get in their cars to do anything and everything," he said.

A demand for living in Dublin exists because of the Dublin City School District and the community feel, he said.

"It's a great location," Hilz said of the Riviera development.

Hilz also said building affordable housing is a challenge in today's market. The cost of land, the density at which developers are allowed to build and the time it takes to zone the land all contribute to affordability.

The more expensive a lot is, the more expensive a home on that lot is going to be.

The average price of a new, single-family home in suburban communities north of Columbus, including Delaware County, is about $400,000, he said.

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