Adults with disabilities may have more housing options in Grove City by the end of 2011.

Adults with disabilities may have more housing options in Grove City by the end of 2011.

Creative Housing a Central Ohio nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide safe, accessible and affordable housing for adults with disabilities hopes to construct two small apartment buildings on Lamplighter Drive in Grove City.

The organization bought the property earlier this year. Following approval from the Grove City Planning Commission, the rezoning of the 1.6-acre parcel as well as the plat and the development plan for the buildings had a first reading before Grove City Council this month.

"(It's) being purchased from a larger parcel," clerk of council Tami Kelley said. "The current zoning when they split it is planned unit development, but part of the zoning is (commercial)."

The rezoning would reclassify the whole lot as planned unit development residential.

Because rezoning requests require 30 days between the first reading and the second reading and public hearing, Creative Housing submitted the plat and development plan simultaneously in an attempt to expedite the planning process.

"We send out notices to all the surrounding property owners so that they know there's a change of use coming and put that request in the mix," Kelley said.

If the rezoning, plat and development plan are approved at the city council meeting, construction on the apartments will begin next spring with the goal of completion by fall 2011, said Patrick Rafter, CEO of Creative Housing.

Plans call for two buildings, each with four units, he said.

"What we see is a real need for fully accessible apartments," including wider hallways and larger bathrooms that can accommodate motorized wheelchairs, Rafter said.

Creative Housing has more than 40 locations within Franklin County and works in coordination with the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide housing and care for adults who aren't completely independent.

Often, these individuals have lived with their aging parents who cannot care for them any longer.

"In the past, they would have either gone to a nursing home or an institution, and we need to create another place for them to go," Rafter said. "Our hope has always been for normal housing."

Creative Housing owns between eight and 10 properties in Grove City already, but those are single-family homes. There's a greater demand for apartment-style dwellings, Rafter said.

"Creative Housing will be the developer and essentially be responsible for the upkeep of the buildings," Rafter said.

Rent for the apartments is 30 percent of the individual's income, which is sometimes supplemented by Creative Housing.

A second reading and public hearing on all three ordinances is scheduled at the Grove City Council meeting Dec. 7.