Groveport City Council is considering legislation that could bring more residences to the city, including upscale apartments on Hendron Road and single-family homes in the Hickory Grove subdivision.

Redwood USA LLC, developers of single-family apartment homes, wants to build 140 units on approximately 23 acres at 5090 Hendron Road.

Maronda Homes has plans for 30 detached, single-family residences on 9 acres in the existing Hickory Grove development.

Both projects require City Council to approve zoning requests.

The city's planning and zoning commission unanimously recommended approval of both requests during its March 2 meeting. Groveport City Council will hold public hearings April 13 prior to voting on the requests.

According to plans filed with the city, the property owners seek to rezone land from rural to high-density residential on the east side of Hendron Road, south of the railroad tracks, for the Redwood project.

Redwood wants to construct 98 units on 13 acres during phase 1 and 42 units on 10 acres during phase 2.

If approved by council, phase 1 construction would begin in November and phase 2 in December 2022.

The apartments would range in size from 1,300 to 1,600 square feet. Each unit would have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an attached garage.

A development statement filed with the city states rents for Redwood's apartment homes would range in price from $1,400 to $1,950 per month.

"By design, our two-bedroom plans attract families that have fewer members and are financially stable, such as young professionals, empty nesters and seniors wishing to live in a peaceful neighborhood without the typical areas of congregation (noise generators) that active-lifestyle subdivisions offer," according to the company's development statement.

Mayor Lance Westcamp said although there is a need for housing in Groveport, he doesn't expect the apartment homes to attract those who work in the warehouses around the city because "they will be upscale."

When asked about the development's impact on the school district, Westcamp said planners indicated it would bring "four to five more students" to the district.

According to EMH&T, which is handling planning for the Maronda Homes project, that project would extend Bitternut Lane east to Ebright Road, providing an alternate vehicular access to the Hickory Grove and Elmont Place developments.

The Maronda Homes project seeks to rezone land from low-density residential to suburban residential. According to information from EMH&T, it would complete the subdivision.

"We believe the rezoning does not have a detrimental effect to the health, safety and welfare of the existing developments and/or the future completion of Hickory Grove," EMH&T wrote.

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