Thursday, May 23, 2002

Deerfield plans senior housing site

Neighbors voice concern

By Cindi Andrews,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — The township is working out details of a plan for senior housing behind its administration offices, despite neighbors' opposition and without giving the plan final approval.

        Deerfield trustees this week instructed staff to figure out the logistics of dividing the 27-acre site so that 3 1/2 acres can be used for the housing and the rest — except existing township buildings — can be preserved as green space.

        Warren County Community Services, a nonprofit group that has senior housing in several other locations countywide, is planning a $4 million, 48-unit building.

        Residents of the neighboring Woodfield of Landen subdivision, however, are worried that the housing — for moderate-income seniors — will bring down property values and increase storm water flooding troubles.

        “I don't think you should encroach on our area, and that's what it feels like — encroachment,” Julie Jamieson said. “I just feel like we're being ignored.”

        Community Services and the township have made changes based on concerns, trustees said, but they remain committed to the project.

        “I think the senior residents in the township would make good neighbors,” Trustee Barbara Wilkens Reed said.

        The trustees likely will take up the matter again at their next meeting, June 4.


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