Thrusday, December 31, 1998

Planners turn down housing, office project

Decision in hands of Springboro council

Enquirer Contributor

        SPRINGBORO — The city planning commission on Wednesday recommended against rezoning for a proposed mixed-use development at Ohio 741 and Pennyroyal Road.

        The 82-acre parcel — now a pasture — is zoned for single-family homes on half-acre lots. Monogram Properties wants a zoning change to build offices, retail and multifamily units.

        Plans call for the development to include 232 condos and 147 attached ranch homes. The project would also include 17.3 acres of office development and 9.25 acres of retail.

        At a public hearing last month, some residents objected, saying it includes too many residential units. City services are already strained by dramatic growth, and some say a new master plan calls for office buildings on the site.

        Monogram's Jeff Harris said that his project makes sense and that the commission reacted to public outcry. “This project was a viable project until 200 people showed up,” he said. “We're not backing away from this project. This ground will be developed.”

        The homes would be targeted to young, professional couples and empty-nesters. The condos would start at $150,000; the ranch homes would begin at $170,000.

        The office space would be geared toward doctors, lawyers, insurance agents and architects.

        City council will hold another public hearing within 30 days of receiving the commission's recommendation. Council will make the final decision.


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