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Green Council considers senior housing

7/11/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

City administration planning pavement preservation program

GREEN — A local developer is determined to offer Green residents 55 years of age and older a variety of housing options all in one location.

During the July 9 Green City Council meeting, a lengthy public hearing was held regarding an ordinance that would change the zoning classification of property containing approximately 80.6 acres of land located at 1102 and 1184 Boettler Road — formerly known as the Kiefl Farm — from R-1 (Single-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development) and accepting the general development plan of a proposed senior housing community, known as Transitions Senior Living Planned Development.

John Warmus, the developer of Transitions, said the 391-unit complex would be located on the south side of Boettler Road and include single-family cluster housing, independent living apartments, multi-story apartments, an assisted-living building and a memory care building. There also would be a small office component area for medical offices and small businesses that would be supported by the development, he said. The development would include dedicated roads, sidewalks, trails, a wooded area, open space, a wetland and buffer zones for nearby neighborhoods, he added.

Warmus, a Green resident and operator of Greenview, an assisted-living facility for seniors in Green, said he has experienced first-hand the growing need for senior housing in the city.

“People would prefer to stay here if and when they downsize,” he explained.

The site for Transitions is centrally located in Green, has access to all utilities and is being designed to be “sensitive” to adjacent residential neighborhoods, Warmus said.

Joseph Wosyjowski, a local storm water expert, was present to discuss current runoff coming from the site and possible solutions to the problem presently being seen on Springdale Road and in the Spring Hill subdivision.

He talked about possible locations for storm water management areas, including detention basins specifically located on the southern end of the property.

Wosyjowski said an exact plan for the runoff has not been determined but those close to the project are determined to be part of the solution.

“We hope to make the situation better,” he said.

Warmus added he is committed to doing the project “right,” so he can offer Green a “first class and premiere senior living community.”

Councilman Gerard Neugebauer (at large) said the development is an “interesting concept,” and the developer would be a great partner in improving the flooding conditions in the area.

Resident Pat Carleski stated during the public hearing she “fully supported the project.” She said Green residents need a place they can age, going from independent living to a skilled nursing facility, all at the same location.

Some local residents expressed concern over the proposed project, however.

Resident Ginger Staab agreed Green needs additional senior housing but questioned the need for close to 400 units. She also expressed fear the drainage issues would get worse instead of better.

Resident Nick Sertell said he was worried about an increase in traffic the complex could create on Boettler Road and in surrounding neighborhoods.

The rezoning request and general development plan will be voted on next month, Neugebauer said.

Prior to the public hearing and regular meeting, committee meetings were held.

At the Transportation, Connectivity and Storm Water Committee meeting, the administration gave a presentation to Council concerning a recent survey conducted to determine current conditions of portions of the city’s pavement.

Preserving the city’s pavement today could pay off down the road, according to members of the administration.

The survey combined with extensive research by the administration yielded a plan to save the surfaces of the streets before they are beyond repair.

“I am anxious to get on it and give these roads life,” Neugebauer said. “I am excited about where we are going with this.”

Service Director Randall Monteith explained a paving condition index system was used late last year to rate the quality of the city’s roads, from excellent to failed. He said 2,200 samples were taken about every 400 feet from the city’s 170 miles of concrete and asphalt roadways and a formula was used to determine the ratings.

Deputy Service Director Paul Oberdorfer explained a six-year plan was developed from the information obtained to preserve the current pavement in place.

He explained pavement preservation employs “a long-term strategy that enhances pavement performance by using an integrated, cost effective set of practices that extend pavement life, improve safety and meet motorist expectations.”

An effective pavement preservation program in Green would address pavements while they are still in good condition and before the onset of serious damage, he said.

In the end, reactive maintenance is more expensive than pavement preservation, Oberdorfer explained.

“It’s less expensive to work with good pavements,” he said.

According to City Engineer Paul Pickett, the city is in a good position for preservation.

“We enjoy pretty good pavements and are not seeing a lot of failed pavements,” he said.

The city historically has been underspending when it comes to road maintenance, Pickett added.

To accomplish the six-year plan, the city would have to spend about $1.5 million to $3 million a year through the capital budget and operating fund, the administration told Council. This is about $800,000 more than being spent yearly now, according to city officials.

Pickett said the city needs to invest money now to extend the surface life of the city roads so it does not need to spend a more significant amount later to reconstruct entire roads.

Council agreed they would like to discuss the matter with the administration at a future committee meeting.

Also during the regular meeting, Council:

  • agreed not to request a hearing for a new D5J permit for Liberty Operating Co., doing business as Menches Brothers Green, Frank and Charlie’s Pub at 3700 Massillon Road, as they are located in the city’s new entertainment district;
  • declared a portion of improvements to certain parcels of real property owned by Sadguru Krupa LLC to be a public purpose, exempting a percentage of the value of the improvements for real property taxation for 30 years;
  • declared a portion of improvements to real property owned by M9 Realty to be a public purpose, exempting a percentage of the value of the improvements from real property taxation for 30 years;
  • accepted recommendations made by the Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) to continue the current Enterprise Zone, Community Reinvestments Area and Tax Increment Financing agreements within the city; and
  • discussed proposed legislation publicly and in executive session to narrow the unnamed, unimproved right-of-way known as Tim Drive, which abuts Berna Road.

The next regular Council meeting will take place Aug. 13, starting at 5 p.m. with committee meetings and followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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