Plans for a senior-living facility and 25 detached single-family condos will be considered by Gahanna City Council next month.
The Gahanna Planning Commission on Dec. 6 recommended council approval for two separate rezoning applications to be heard when council meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road. A public hearing also will be held.
The projects will be discussed at council's committee meeting on Jan. 22, and a council vote is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5.
Doug Maddy of Brookewood Construction Co. Inc. filed an application to rezone 7.1 acres at 4207 Clotts Road, from Estate Residential (ER-2), to Single Family Residential (SF-3) and Neighborhood Commercial (NC) for Pinnacle Pointe Village, Phase 2.
SF-3 zoning is sought for about 6.6 acres, while the remaining half-acre fronting Johnstown Road would be zoned NC.
Brookewood seeks to rezone the balance of George Parker's property to accommodate 25 detached single-family dwelling units as an additional phase to the 12 two-family condo units approved in 2016.
Audra Parker said her father has completed numerous projects in Gahanna.
"I think he's well regarded in terms of dedication to doing developments that are aesthetically pleasing," she said. "I'm his business manager. He wants to let everyone know he reviewed Doug Maddy's plan and it fits with his vision for the land."
Michael Blackford, Gahanna's deputy development director, said the density for the 25 condos equals 3.78 units per acre.
He said it's a low-density project.
Blackford said the applicant also seeks a final development plan and design review. The city staff requests a condition upon approval that variances will stay with the land, he said, and anyone who develops it must adhere to the requirements.
The approved variances are related to setbacks and private roads.
David Hodge, attorney for the applicant, said the price is $500,000 per house.
"They will attract the empty-nester demographic," he said. "It's really a significant lower impact than traditional single-family development. Everyone who lives here is part of an owner's association that will be responsible for street care, lawn care and exterior maintenance of all these homes."
Commission member Michael Suriano said Gahanna doesn't have housing stock like that proposed by Parker.
"I think variety is a benchmark of thriving communities," he said. "This is a more responsible use of land. The developer wants to develop in a responsible way."
Commission chairman Bobbie Burba thanked Maddy and Parker.
"I think this is something we've needed a long time," she said.
Senior living project
The planning commission also positively recommended to council a rezoning request by applicant Ross Oberhausen of DMK Development Group of Louisville, Ky., for 5.7 acres at 748 and 760 Taylor Road, currently zoned Single-Family Residential, to Suburban Office (SO) to allow a 115-unit senior living facility.
Blackford said there is a demand for this type of use and the city staff recommends it.
"The land-use plan calls for mixed use, a blend of multifamily, office and commercial," he said.
Blackford said the land-use plan recognizes this would redevelop with office or multifamily, but this isn't quite office or multifamily.
"Suburban office is probably more appropriate than multifamily," he said.
Glen Dugger, an attorney representing applicant DMK, in partnership with Trilogy Heath Care, said they recognized early on the primary stakeholders would be residents to the north.
He said meetings were held with those residents.
Dugger said the facility would have nursing home and assisted-living beds, as well as a rehabiltation component.
After discussion with the neighbors, he said, the building was moved to the south.
Peter Massey, Trilogy's vice president of development, said it's a 20-year-old company with a mix of skilled nursing and independent living.
"It allows residents to age in place," he said. "We just broke ground in Pickerington.
"From a needs standpoint, Gahanna is No. 1 on our list. The need for this service in the community is great," he said.
Massey said from a demographics standpoint, they looked at a five-mile radius for those who will use and visit the facility.
"We chose this community because we like it," he said. "We've had a couple of meetings with the neighbors. The landscaping and buffering have been a concern. We presented a few options on that. This is someone's home we're building."
He said the facility's residents will want the trees, nice landscaping and quiet.
Jeff Chrobak, who said he's an original homeowner on Hunters Run, reported he and his neighbors are concerned about 24 hours of activity, including lights, ambulances coming and going, and smells from trash bins.
"We oppose this," he said.
Ken Murray said he grew up in the house to the east and owns 780 Taylor Road.
He said he spent hundreds of hours on a Taylor Road corridor committee, and it's looking like nothing the committee asked for.
Marsha Morris, of Hunters Run, said she loves the property and enjoys the large trees and deer that visit her yard.
"We will miss that tremendously," she said.
Morris said she wants something quiet and nice.
"We ask they leave trees and not have so many lights," Morris said.
Blackford said 15 to 20 houses could be built under the current zoning.
Suriano said the request might be the best option the commission has, and many details could be worked out in the final development plan.