NEWARK More than 20 years after housing development on River Road, Newark competed against Granville, raising concerns about traffic, infrastructure costs and the impact on schools. Another possible development threatens to repeat the scenario.

Dublin-based Corridor Development presented plans to the City of Newark to build a 111 acre housing estate on River Road, Newark’s West End and the Granville School District. The development would include 322 houses over 93 acres and up to 180 commercial apartments over 18 acres.

The city council will consider converting the property north and south of River Road from a single-family home to a planned residential unit. The council will meet again on December 21st and will forward the proposal for rededication to the Newark Planning Commission, which will meet on January 12th at 6:00 pm. A final decision is not expected until March.

Jeff Rath, a Republican councilor who represents the 3rd Ward, which includes the development area, said, “Obviously this will be hugely beneficial in terms of taxes for the city of Newark. It would put a lot of traffic on River Road, which has to be seriously considered. So this is a big problem. I think it will be a nice addition to Newark. “

The company’s timeline shows construction will start this month and finish in October 2023. First occupancy is planned for June. The owners of the three properties have agreed to continue the rededication, but there is at least one major drag on the whole project.

Gale Amacher said he has no plans to sell his 81 acres south of River Road at 2738 River Road and 2550 River Road, where most of the proposed development is being proposed.

“The developer came to me about the sale and I said I don’t even think about the sale from a distance,” said Amacher. “I signed the reallocation. I have no problem with that. At some point I will retire; in the next 10 years. At some point it will be a development.”

In 1998, Newark annexed 281 acres of Granville Township on River Road, the location of the 361-home Park Trails subdivision to the west and north of the proposed development. In 2006, Newark annexed 80 acres of Granville Township south of Park Trails, where the proposed 142 home Park Ridge development is approximately 80% complete, said city engineer Brian Morehead.

The Granville Exempted Village School District has spoken out against developments that would bring large numbers of students to its schools. Granville village and parish officials fought the 281-acre annexation, but lost a 1998 Ohio Supreme Court decision, ended a four-year battle, and enabled park trails to be developed.

Jeff Brown, Superintendent of Granville Schools since 2011, said he would consider the developer’s proposal.

“I didn’t see the actual proposal, but we have serious concerns about the potential to add significant numbers of students,” Brown said. “But it is a little premature to express yourself fully.

“All of our buildings are relatively full. We do not have the ability to accept significant numbers of students into our current facilities. We have grown steadily over the past five years and that is what drives our enrollment.”

Bill Keethler II, Co-Founder and President of Corridor Development, did not return calls asking for comments on the preliminary development plan.

“This PUD offers a variety of apartment types for the variety of people who live, work and retire in this community,” explains Corridor Development in its 33-page zoning application to the city. “There are a variety of single-family house types, multi-family houses, large open spaces and respect for natural land features.”

The development includes 112 lifestyle homes for the empty nests and 210 single family homes, including terrace homes for seniors, 60-foot lots for first-time and second-time buyers, and 70-foot and 80-foot lots for the move. Homeowner.

The proposal also includes paired terraces and paired townhouses, which are attached houses with one-story and two-story living space. An 18-hectare site would have attached an apartment building that is geared towards young professionals.

Amacher, who has owned the property at 2550 River Road for 35 years, said he has seen a dramatic change in the area.

“You have to control the traffic on River Road and slow people down,” said Amacher. “Get off (Ohio) 16 and come down River Road.” There is nothing to be seen driving 70 to 80 mph. There will be a death on this street. “

Roger Harris, 54, who owns the property north of River Road, said his family had owned the land since 1975 and bought it in 2000. He plans to sell it and move to Florida.

“When I was a kid, I hunted the land that Park Trails is on,” Harris said. “I’ve seen developments on all three sides of me, so we’re kind of an island. So we move and let the developments merge. “

Harris said development will be good for Newark, but traffic will get worse if the state closes Ohio 16 on River Road, forcing more traffic to reach River Road from Thornwood Drive to the east.

“When park trails went in we had some concerns, but we’ve grown and adapted,” said Harris. “I’m positive about that. Newark needs more homes, not just middle-income homes, but apartment buildings. With more people coming to the area and with COVID, more people are working from home, more reason to move out of town . “

The developer’s proposal includes two roundabouts on River Road, one on Ravine Bluff Drive and one halfway between Ravine Bluff and Redwood Drive. The city also plans to add a roundabout at the intersection of Reddington Road, Thornwood Drive and a relocated River Road as part of a realignment of Cherry Valley Road.

Morehead said the two roundabouts on River Road were an option, but nothing had been decided yet.

“This is a preliminary idea to get people in and out of development and also to slow down some of the through traffic,” Morehead said. “We had a quick chat with the developers’ engineers about how to better manage traffic.” As more development takes place, improvements need to be made. Turn and widen. “


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River Road development

Overall development: 502 lots, 111 acres; 322 houses on 93 acres; attached apartment house on 18 hectares.

Package A, 2811 River Road: North of River Road, east of Park Trails Housing Development, and west of Redwood Apartment Neighborhoods.

Total area: 30.5

Total number of lots: 209

Single-family house: 29 plots on 12.5 hectares

Attached apartment building: 180 standard market apartments on 18 hectares

Package B, 2738 River Road: South of River Road, east of Parcel C and west of Thornwood Drive SW.

Total area: 46.1

Total number of lots: 164

Single-family house: 108 plots on 34.5 hectares

Lifestyle homes: 56 plots on 11.6 hectares

Package C, 2550 River Road: South of River Road, east of the Park Ridge subdivision, and west of Parcel B.

Total area: 34.1

Total number of lots: 129

Single-family house: 73 plots on 22.4 hectares

Lifestyle homes: 56 lots on 11.7 hectares