LIBERTY TWP., Ohio -- On the heels of the new mixed-use Liberty Center development, another mixed-use project could be in the works for Liberty Township -- not as large or pricey, but still big.
Development firm Schumacher Dugan wants to put office space, retail shops, town homes and apartments on 48 acres between Millikin and Kyles Station roads, the Journal-News reported.
The $50 million project is called Muncy Farm, named for the family who lived there for decades.
Chris Wunnenberg, director of development for Schumacher Dugan, told the Journal-News that 306 apartments would go on 30 acres at the site, with upscale amenities. The town homes, he said, would be owner occupied, and Schumacher Dugan envisions a 5,604-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, community room and other features.
The office and retail space would go into a single building on 4.7 acres of the site. The entire development, Wunnenberg said, would feel more like a neighborhood than a typical commercial development. Possible businesses Schumacher Dugan might try to lure to the site would be a dentist or doctor’s office, bank, pizza store, dry cleaning business -- "typical neighborhood retail and office stuff," he told the Journal-News.
By comparison, Liberty Center, which opened in October, sits on 64 acres and cost $350 million to build. It, too, is a mixed-use project, with space for retail and residents.
Liberty Township trustees have to approve zoning changes before the Muncy Farm project starts; the township's Zoning Commission and Butler County Planning Commission recommended it be approved at their meetings earlier this year.
The project likely wouldn't be complete until at least 2019.
Read more about the Muncy Farm project at the Journal-News, a WCPO media partner.