Monday, April 08, 2002

Deerfield housing draws concern

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Residents concerned about a plan to put senior housing between the township building and their neighborhood will get a chance to explain those concerns today.

        Warren County Community Services is spearheading the $4 million housing project, which would create 48 moderate-income units for seniors, said agency Director Larry Sargeant.

        “Our studies show there's a substantial need in Deerfield Township,” Mr. Sargeant said.

        Community Services' other eight senior housing facilities all have waiting lists, he added.

        The federally funded project will be built on 3 1/2 acres of a 27-acre parcel owned by the township, Trustee Randy Kuvin said Friday. No decision has yet been made on which section of the land will be donated.

        But residents of the neighboring Woodfield of Landen subdivision are worried that such a development will add to problems with stormwater flooding and traffic.

        They also fear one multifamily facility could lead to more on the rest of the parcel, resident Brian Cunning ham said, although Mr. Kuvin said the tentative plan is to make it a park.

        Ultimately, Mr. Cunningham said, residents have bigger-picture concerns about the unending growth in Deerfield.

        “We're not talking about a senior housing facility, we're talking about how you get smart growth for the entire Deerfield Township area,” he said.

        Said Mr. Kuvin: “We have no intention of doing anything to make things worse.”

        On the other hand, the township also is sensitive to the needs of its elderly population, he added.

        “I certainly agree that with the changing demographics of our society as a whole we need more housing for the elderly,” said Mr. Kuvin.

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