The Bowling Green Planning Commission on Wednesday set a public hearing for a rezoning request that could pave the way for a new housing development in the city.
The hearing is set for the commission’s next meeting, April 5, at 7 p.m.
The request is to rezone 36.89 acres located at the southwest corner of Newton Road and Brim Road from M-3 Business Park zoning classification to R-2 Single-Family Residential zoning classification.
The applicant is Kati Thompson, on behalf of the Bowling Green Community Development Corporation. She is the city’s economic development director.
According to the application for the zoning change, the land is currently used for agricultural purposes.
“Bowling Green Economic Development has been working to attract housing developers to Bowling Green to address the housing shortage,” the application reads. “A regional developer is interested in building a 150-home subdivision on this parcel.”
The application further states that “the property was marketed for industrial use for (more than 20) years with no success. Industrial growth is taking place on the north and east areas of Bowling Green while residential growth is happening on the west. Residential use of this property aligns with natural development patterns.”
The commission additionally approved a lengthy slate of public construction projects for 2023, including water, sewer and roadway resurfacing projects.
Water projects included Pearl Street from Main to Church streets, Kenwood Avenue from Southwood Drive to Sand Ridge Road, Meeker Street from Conneaut Avenue to West Wooster Street, East Wooster Street from Prospect Street to the alley at 425 E. Wooster St., Knollwood Drive from Pearl Street to the dead end, Napoleon Road from 1429 Napoleon to South Main Street, North College Drive from East Poe Road to East Merry Avenue, and North Maple Street from West Wooster Street to Conneaut Avenue.
Sewer projects include Kenwood Avenue from Napoleon to Sand Ridge roads, alley relining west of South Main from Pearl to Court Street, relining at Napoleon Road on the west side of the railroad tracks, Fairview Avenue sewer rehabilitation, Ridge Street from North Summit Street to North Prospect Avenue, Knollwood Drive, West Poe Road sanitary lift station replacement, Parker Avenue combination sewer, Manitoba Pond pump station improvements, Wallace Avenue combination sewer, South College Drive sewer lining from East Wooster to Clough streets, and various ditch improvements.
Roadway resurfacing projects include Newton Road from Brim Road to North Main Street, and North Main Street to just west of the mall entrance; Lafayette Boulevard from Conneaut Avenue to Finch Drive, Oakwood Court from the cul-de-sac to Cedar Lane, Rosewood Court from the cul-de-sac to Cedar Lane, Dogwood Court from the cul-de-sac to Cedar Lane, Beech Lane from Conneaut Avenue to Rosewood Drive, Aspen Lane from Rosewood Drive to Cedar Lane, Ashwood Lane from Cedar Lane to its end, Hickory Court from Cedar Lane to the cul-de-sac, Cedar Lane from Conneaut Avenue to Rosewood Drive, Rosewood Drive from Cedar Lane to south of Margaretha Lane, South Orleans Avenue from Aspen Lane to Lafayette Boulevard, Garden Court from Wallace Avenue to its end, Wallace Avenue from Garden Court to the west end, Vine Street from Wallace Avenue to the south end, Parker Street from Haskins Road to the west end, Lambert Drive from Wine Street to the west end, Pearl Street from South Wintergarden Road to South Church Street, Sand Ridge Road from South Wintergarden Road to South Maple Street, and East Gypsy Lane Road from Interstate 75 to South Dunbridge Road.
Additionally, there are planned improvements to the Western Water Tower and the Carter Park Water Tower, including painting and replacing internal components.