A senior housing residential complex is being planned at Social Row and Sheehan roads near Yankee Trace Golf Course.

Centerville Planning Commission got its first look at preliminary plans Tuesday night for the 65-acre property.

A development team led by Walt Minch of Minster has reached an agreement for the center with Randall Residence, a senior care and assisted living firm in Michigan that also plans a facility on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood’s Sugar Camp and recently built one in Tipp City.

Some of the residents who petitioned for a referendum to halt previous plans on the 65 acres where Minch now plans the senior complex, voiced positive reactions Tuesday night.

Bordered by Paragon, Social Row and Sheehan roads, the site was rezoned earlier this summer to link it with the Yankee Trace golf course community.

The Minch team also includes Ron Coffman, original developer and builder of the Springs at Settler’s Walk in Springboro; architect John Roll, engineer David Winemiller, Wilcon Corp. as general contractor and the Siebenthaler Co. as landscaper.

Randall Residence at Yankee Trace would include 21 four-unit, two-bedroom villas for independent living and a main, 150,000 square-foot structure of connected one- and two-story elements to house 150 assisted-living and memory care residents. There would be 120 parking spaces.

The senior complex would be on the southern half of the site, with the main building nearest the Social Row and Sheehan intersection. A curving street north of the senior area would run from Paragon to Sheehan.

Coffman said housing built closer to the golf course community “will be equal to or better than Yankee Trace” and that plans for that part of the project may be ready in four to six months.

Planning commission member James Durham urged that deliveries to the senior center be restricted to entry from Sheehan Road, not Paragon.

“We can stipulate that as part of our contract,” Minch said.

Cornerstone project

The commission also approved a final development plan for early phases of the Cornerstone of Centerville development at Wilmington Pike and Feedwire Road.

Representatives for the Oberer Cos., which is developing Cornerstone, say timing is crucial if they hope to attract an unnamed major commercial tenant that wants to begin construction in 2014.

City staff recommended approval with several conditions and the commission did so, 6-0.

Planning director Steve Feverston said the plan includes public roadways, utilities, mass grading, stormwater drainage, and the preservation or removal of trees on part of the the 154-acre site west of I-675.

Road work will include widening and lane improvements on Wilmington and Feedwire.

Commission chair Paul Clark expressed concern about the height and material of a retaining wall that could span 800 to 900 feet, separating the retail center from a planned residential section in the northeast portion of the site.

Centerville will use tax-increment financing to pay for some of the infrastructure improvements needed for Cornerstone, which is on property that was annexed from Sugarcreek Twp.


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