89 homes, town center part of first phase of Warren County community

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 08:53:07-04

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The first signs of Union Village — a 1,400-acre, 4,500-home new urbanist community to be built over the next 20 to 30 years in Warren County — should become evident next summer, the Journal-News reported Wednesday.

The Warren County Regional Planning Commission Executive Committee is to consider the plan for the first phase of the development during a meeting to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the county administration building in Lebanon.

The development company set up Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices for the project is expected to begin putting in roads and other infrastructure late next spring or early next summer on the $8 million first phase.

“They are fronting a lot of this. They’ve got some protections so they can get it back,” Warren County Auditor Matt Nolan said.

For 30 years, half of the property taxes paid by homeowners and all paid on commercial properties will go into a fund used to pay for roads and infrastructure.

Union Village property owners will be able to enjoy amenities including a town center, places to shop and eat, and a walkable community featuring planned parks and open spaces.

A sports complex will be built in Union Village, north along Ohio 741 and on the north side of the property on Greentree Road, west of Lebanon, in Turtlecreek Twp.

It would be the first development in the area overseen by a new community authority that will assess property owners to help offset the cost of amenities and maintenance.

Property owners should expect to pay an additional 12 to 15 mills in property tax next year, $420 to $525 on a $300,000 home or business, according to Nolan.

“But for that, they would pay the same as anyone else living in Turtlecreek Twp.,” Nolan said.

The initial assessments are to be set next month by the Union Village Community Authority, a board set up like a homeowners association, to oversee the development and manage the assessments.

Plans call for the town center, 89 homes, four apartment buildings and seven town homes to be built on land across from the main Otterbein retirement campus, between Springboro and Mason on Ohio 741.

If approved, Otterbein next plans to demolish maintenance buildings and barns on the east side of Ohio 741, across from the retirement campus, to clear land for the project.

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