|Proposed Plans for New Seniors Development|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00|
A new development company has its eye on Tipp City, proposing a revised plan for senior housing at the Fieldstone Place Senior Living Campus at County Road 25A and Evanston Road.
The proposed plan for 36 quads of (144 units total) independent living cottages by Centerville Development Group (CDG) was recommended for approval Oct. 8 by the city Planning Board. The recommendation will go to the City Council for its consideration.
The cottages would be built on around 30 acres west of the Randall Residence assisted living building, which opened this summer.
Those buildings would replace an earlier proposed combination of congregate living apartments and independent living cottages on that property west of the Randall Residence. The earlier plans were outlined in 2010.
At the Planning Board public hearing, Ronald Coffman, Centerville Development Group project manager, said CDG is working with the Randall organization on two other projects in Centerville and Oakwood.
“We like senior housing and we like working with Randall,” he said. The quad units-assisted living format is one favored for those projects, he added.
“We really want to do it right. We are only picking communities like Tipp City, Centerville, Oakwood and others we are working on,” Coffman said. “We want to go into nicer communities.”
The entrance to the cottages would be off Evanston Road, which would be widened as construction phases progressed. A clubhouse and pool also are included in the project. The cottages would have two or three bedrooms and garages.
Coffman said the development’s buildings and landscaping would be “nice.” The hope is that the project will draw from a 25-mile radius.
Coffman said he thinks Tipp City’s “allure” can make happen. “You guys have done a great job here,” he added.
The time for project build out will depend on the economy, he said.
Planning board member Mark Springer noted the density of the proposed development has been reduced with the revised plan. The initial plan called for the 80-unit assisted living facility (Randall Residence) and more than 200 apartments and cottages.
Board member Paul Lee pointed out the three years that passed since the Fieldstone Place project first was approved. He questioned the build out timeframe for this revised plan, and questioned if another modified plan might come before the board in the future.
Board Chair Stacy Wall said she was concerned that the market did not support the initial development plan. “I think this does better fit the area,” she said.