|Slow home sales spur plan change|
|Written by JAN LARSON, McLAUGHLIN, Sentinel County Editor|
|Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:55|
Slow sales of new homes has led to changes in a Perrysburg Township development plan.
The Wood County Planning Commission reviewed the new plan Tuesday evening for the next plat of Woodmont Development. The housing subdivision is located south of the U.S. 20 shopping area which includes the Lowe's and Kohl's stores.
Engineer George Oravecz said the change in plans was necessary due to lots selling so slowly in the development.
Instead of single-family lots, Oravecz is proposing apartment units.
"Those lots will never sell," Oravecz said of the single-family lots just south of the shopping center.
There is a demand, however, for apartment-type housing in that area, he said.
"If these units are allowed to be built, by the time we get them done, they will be completely leased," Oravecz said. "This is a very logical manner in which to develop this."
Perrysburg Township zoning officials had expressed concerns about the change in plans, including the possible increase in density of the development, and the proposed abandonment of the Kenhurst Drive extension from the neighboring Oakmont subdivision.
Oravecz said the overall density of the development would not increase, and the neighbors in Oakmont don't want their street extended.
"I'm a little confused over the township's concerns," he said. "The density has not been increased by this proposal."
The county planning commission voted to approve the new proposal, with the understanding that Perrysburg Township officials will have the final word on the matter.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the planning commission approved the final plat of Emerald Lakes Plat 3, also in the same general area of Perrysburg Township. The proposal calls for 21 single-family lots on 5.8 acres. The development will be located south of Eckel Junction Road, between Thompson Road and Ohio 199, just south of the first two plats of the Emerald Lakes subdivision.
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