Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Senior housing vote may come tonight

By Cindi Andrews, candrews@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Township trustees may vote tonight to move forward on plans for senior apartments, even though some neighbors remain opposed to the development.

        “I think the seniors will make very good neighbors,” Trustee Barbara Wilkens Reed said Monday. “My objective is to enable people who live in our community to stay in our community, because they're part of what we are.”

    • What: Deerfield Township trustees meeting

    • When: 7:30 tonight

    • Where: Township meeting hall, 3292 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3

        Warren County Community Services plans to build a $4 million, 48-unit building between township offices and the Woodfield of Landen subdivision, west of the intersection of Columbia and Montgomery roads.

        The trustees agreed last year to give the nonprofit 3 1/2 acres there, and they could decide tonight to initiate rezoning of the site. The request must go to the Regional Planning Commission, which next meets June 27.

        The senior building — for moderate-income elderly — would go roughly in the middle of 27 acres owned by the township, with a 150-foot buffer of trees separating the building from the subdivision of single-family homes.

        Trustees said last month they'd be willing to set aside the rest of the land as parkland. Several township maintenance buildings already there may have to be rebuilt in coming years, Administrator Greg Horwedel said, but the new buildings won't take up any more space.

        “I think we've made a great compromise with the people who live in the area,” Mrs. Reed said.

        There's still opposition. Some neighbors “are willing to continue to talk about the proposed development,” resident Brian Cunningham said Monday, but some still insist the land not be developed at all.

        “How is a low-income senior housing development going to protect my property values?” Karen Berlekamp asked trustees at a May meeting.

        Some are concerned the project would contribute to storm water flooding and traffic problems in the township.


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