Monday, August 20, 2001

You Asked For It

Landen a pioneer in condos

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: How was the Landen development in Deerfield Township named and what is it? It's not a city. - Christie Bennett, Deerfield Township

        ANSWER: Judy Daley-Wright, manager of real estate administration for Towne Properties, Landen's developer, said the neighborhood was named Landen after Jake Landen who owned and farmed the original 1,300-acre site. Landen Lake was created in 1974 — the first phase of construction. The first home closing was in 1976, she said. The development spread to 1,800 acres of condominiums, homes and apartments. About 2,500 people call Landen home. Landen remains one of the largest planned developments in the country, Ms. Daley-Wright said.

        Deerfield Township Trustee Barbara Wilkens Reed said Landen was a revolutionary concept.

        “Back then, whoever thought of buying a house, but not the property — the concept of condos? There was nothing else like that. It was well thought out and it boomed, and from there, all of Deerfield Township grew.”

        Q. About 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, traffic in the left turn lane from eastbound Hopple Street onto northbound Central Parkway backs up all the way across Interstate 75. I've noticed that there is only 10 seconds between red lights for that lane, allowing about five cars to get through.

        Meanwhile, traffic from the south on Central Parkway seems to be light — perhaps five cars in each lane between green lights. The backup on Hopple would be substantially reduced if the timing was changed. - Paul Cunningham, West Chester Township

        A. Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said the intersection was reviewed over the past several months and a timing change authorized to allow a longer green light sequence for traffic turning left from Hopple onto Central Parkway to allay rush hour traffic jams.

        You Asked For It answers questions about regional history, government, schools and roads. Call 381-2800 and enter 2002. Fax 755-4150. E-mail Mail The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Include name, neighborhood and phone.


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