Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Rezoning for senior housing recommended

By Cindi Andrews candrews@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. - The township Zoning Commission recommended rezoning a 27-acre plot of township-owned land for a senior housing development Monday in the latest stop on the proposal's five-month odyssey.

        “It's not necessarily a bad plan for the immediate residents,” said Zoning Chairman Lee Speidel, the lone “no” vote. “It's an atrocious use of public property.”

        The plan, for a 48-unit building near Columbia and Montgomery roads, now goes to Deerfield Township trustees for final approval. Trustees plan to lease or give about three acres of the land to Warren County Community Services for moderate-income housing.

        As part of a compromise hammered out by township officials, Community Services and residents over the past five months, the trustees promised to keep the rest of the land as undisturbed green space. That condition remained in the plan approved by the Zoning Commission 3-1 Monday, although a section specifically prohibiting walking and biking trails was removed.

        Residents of the adjacent Woodfield of Landen subdivision had opposed senior housing on the site, but 80 percent of them “reluctantly” support the compromise plan, resident David Oriskovich said.

        The Zoning Commission also considered a request from Duke Realty on Monday night to approve zoning and a site plan for an open-air shopping center on Mason-Montgomery Road. No decision had been made at press time.


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