By George W. Davis
GREEN: After months of discussion, City Council has approved a zoning change last week that could lead to development of a proposed Transitions Senior Living Planned Development on the south side of Boettler Road at South Arlington Road.
The seven-member council voted unanimously Tuesday night to change R-1 single-family residential zoning to PD planned development of the 80.6-acre former Glenn and Juanita Kiefl farm, across from the Spring Hill subdivision on Boettler.
Green resident and developer John Warmus now owns the property.
At a public hearing July 9, several neighboring residents spoke either for and against the change, but Tuesday night only Linda Hoosic of Walnut Wood Way voiced opposition, saying she would prefer the zoning remain single-family residential and that the developer would work with neighbors concerning an affected wooded area, which is home for wildlife.
Ward 3 Councilman Ken Knodel in whose ward the property is located, said he believes the project fulfills the needs of the community for the future since more than 30 percent of Green’s residents are now age 50 or older.
He also is convinced that some of the flooding issues raised previously can be alleviated through the cooperation of the developer, the city and the residents.
As for traffic issues involving busy Boettler Road, Knodel believes they could be addressed by signaling and possible access to Arlington and Caston roads.
“I believe this project has more benefits than it does negatives,” Knodel said.
In July, Warmus estimated 116 single-family homes could be built on the 80 acres, while his concept plan calls for 391 dwelling units ranging from single-family cluster homes to assisted living and memory care units.
Also envisioned are a small office medical component and other support facilities.
At-Large Councilman Gerard Neugebauer said talks with a traffic engineer indicated that about the same amount of traffic would be generated by the single-family development as by the much larger-populated planned development.
“I think that overall this is a great plan. It’s a great concept for our community,” Neugebauer said.
Mayor Dick Norton, noting the project could take about 10 years to complete, commented, “I am happy that we have an investor and developer in our city who has the ability and wherewithal to bring about this kind of project. It’s much needed.”
He said Green has done a great job for families with multi-bedroom homes, but he cited two voids – apartments for single and young married people and senior housing.
Saying he believes the development will have a positive impact for the city, At-Large Councilman Chris Humphrey said, “We do need additional housing options for our senior citizens … The market is demanding it.”
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