Housing proposal approved for Orders Road area

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By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

Another housing development has been proposed in the Orders Road area.

At the May 16 meeting, Grove City Council approved a preliminary development plan for Hickory Creek that would add 81 ranch-style homes on 35 acres of property located on the north side of Orders Road and west of Discovery Drive.

According to Jim Hiltz, who attended the meeting representing the developer Pulte Homes, said this project will feature patio homes for empty nesters. He said about 11 acres of land will be set aside for open or green space. The development will have a homeowner’s association or a condo association.

Hiltz said Pulte officials have met with residents in that area.

“We have promised open lines of communication,” said Hiltz. “We want to be as transparent as we can.”

According to city officials, a residential subdivision was approved for this site in 2016 but that development was never built. The plan in 2016 included a bicycle trail that went behind the homes. That feature is not included in the latest proposal.

“That was a key element in the plan,” said Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage about the 2016 proposal.

Council president Ted Berry liked the idea of a path winding behind the homes and asked the developers work a bike path into the plans before it would come back to council for approval of the final development plan.

Though the developers agreed to review options for a bike path, councilwoman Christine Houk said the topic deserves further conversation as she believes a bike path behind the homes could devalue the property.

The developers have also agreed to contribute funds to the future widening of Orders Road.

In other news, council approve a development plan for an addition to Hayes Intermediate School, located at 4436 Haughn Road.

This is a 10,000 square foot, one-story addition that would match the existing building in style and material. The plan will also add nine parking spaces on the southside of the property.

The existing modular building will be removed from the site.

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