By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council passed legislation approving the final plat for the construction of some apartment homes in town.
Council approved the final plat for about 23.2 acres located at 5090 Hendron Road (located on the east side of Hendron Road and directly south of the railroad tracks). Council previously approved rezoning the site from rural to planned high density residential.
Groveport Building Official Stephan Moore said this final plat records easements and combines the two parcels into one lot.
Last May, Redwood USA LLC announced plans to construct single story, one family attached “apartment homes” on the property.
According to paperwork filed with the city of Groveport by developer Redwood USA LLC last spring, phase one of the project would build 98 units on 13 acres and phase two would build 42 units on 10 acres of the property. The 140 total units would be contained in 24 buildings with a density of six units per acre.
According to Todd Foley of POD Design, who represented Redwood USA LLC, there are
two access points planned on Hendron Road as well as plans to extend a sidewalk to connect it to the existing sidewalk to the south. About eight acres of open space is planned for the development. The development’s concrete streets would be private and maintained the developer. The development would use water from the Groveport water plant.
At a public hearing about the development on Jan. 11, Jim Frey of Redwood USA LLC said construction of the development could begin in March and be completed in about 18 months.
The apartment homes would range in size from 1,300 to 1,600 square feet and each unit would have two bedrooms, two baths, and an attached garage.
“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…,” according to Redwood USA LLC’s development statement filed with the city.
Foley said the impact of additional students from the development on Groveport Madison Schools would be minimal.
“Sixty percent of residents in these developments are usually empty-nesters over age 50,” said Foley, who added this development might only have seven to 10 school age children as residents.
In the report to the city, Redwood USA LLC CEO David Conwill said, “We offer a condominium atmosphere with the feel of a single family home and without association fees or property taxes to worry about.”