Dublin City Council members in January could vote on a land annexation that would make way for a housing development and assisted-living facility.

Council members are slated to give a second reading Jan. 9 to an ordinance that would annex 44 acres from Jerome Township.

A maximum of 110 residential home units and a senior living facility are planned on the property off Hyland-Croy Road, said Aaron Underhill, who is providing legal representation for the project led by Schottenstein Real Estate Group.

The land is on the east side of Hyland-Croy and north of Post Road, city documents show. It extends north almost to Park Mill Drive and borders the Post Preserve neighborhood.

Jennifer Readler, Dublin's law director, said while Jerome Township initially filed an appeal challenging the Union County commissioners' approval of the annexation, the township has since dismissed the lawsuit.

There is no pending litigation now, she said.

Jerome Township trustee Ron Rhodes did not return a call seeking comment.

Underhill also petitioned to withdraw the annexation request in November, but it was too far along in the approval process to be withdrawn under Ohio law, Readler said.

Schottenstein initially wanted to withdraw the petition to allow more time for project planning, Underhill said. Since talking to the Dublin city staff, however, the developer decided it was comfortable moving forward with the current project timeline.

Schottenstein is speaking with other builders in central Ohio that might be interested in leading the residential portion of the project, Underhill said.

Within the next 30 days, the developer will determine whether to move forward on the project alone or with another builder, Underhill said. After that, they will move forward to seek rezoning of the property.

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