Marysville City Council has unanimously rejected a request to rezone 10 acres in the Chestnut Park subdivision that would have paved the way for a senior housing complex.

Marysville City Council has unanimously rejected a request to rezone 10 acres in the Chestnut Park subdivision that would have paved the way for a senior housing complex.

Council members voted 7-0 Oct. 27 against a request by NRP Properties LLC, of Cleveland, to rezone property for a $9-million senior housing project that developers said would have included “cottage style” apartments and a clubhouse. NRP representative Mary Hada said the zoning must be changed so the company can build multi-unit buildings, which the current residential zoning restricts.

City council members acknowledged the community’s need for affordable senior housing, but expressed concern about the lack of a guarantee that NRP would receive a tax credit it says it needs from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to make the project happen.

NRP said it has until Nov. 17 to apply for the tax credit, but wouldn’t know the outcome until April.

Hada told council the company likely will not apply for the credit until the property is rezoned.

“Our chances to get funded are better if the zoning is in place now,” she said.

Earlier this year, the city’s planning and zoning commission also voted to deny the rezoning request, largely because of concerns over what could happen if the senior housing project did not move forward.

Commission chairman Martin Pratt said the change in zoning would be permanent and it could mean if the senior housing project were to fall through, someone could develop apartment complexes on the site.

Property owner Jeff Lewis presented city staff with a “rough draft” of a development agreement he said would obligate him and NRP to building senior housing, should the site be rezoned.

Pratt said if council entered into such an agreement, it would be “circumventing” the planning and zoning process.

In other business, council recognized Jeremy Hoyt and Rob Priestas as Marysville’s city employees of the quarter. Hoyt and Priestas are both engineers who have recently worked on road improvement projects and the Marysville’s second fire station.