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441 new residences proposed in two Grove City areas

The Columbus Dispatch 9/23/2022 Paul Comstock

Pulte Homes of Ohio LLC has proposed two developments, with up to 441 residences, in Grove City.

Communities at Plum Run would be on 144.2 acres north of state Route 665 and west of state Route 104, with up to 360 homes.

Hickory Creek would have up to 81 dwelling units on 32.2 acres north of Orders Road and west of Southern Grove Drive.

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Each requires approval of a development plan and rezoning from single-family residential to planned-unit residential, still pending by the city. City Council is to hold a public hearing on the Communities at Plum Run proposal Nov. 7.

Details on each development were included in council's Sept. 19 agenda packet, including specifics from the developer and the city administration.

Communities at Plum Run: 360 homes at Routes 665 and 104

The documents say the Communities at Plum Run would have two components – single-family homes on public streets, called Plum Run Ridge, and detached patio-condominium homes on private streets, called Plum Run Preserve.

The development would include a mixture of single-family homes designed for families with children and freestanding patio condominium homes with a minimum of two bedrooms on the first floor, with a second floor no more than half as large as the first floor.

The patio condominiums are designed for buyers seeking first-floor living and typically appeal to consumers who desire such community lifestyle services as landscape maintenance and snow removal, according to city documents.

"Patio home lifestyle living is in high demand in the area as active adults continue to downsize but prefer to stay in their own community," the documents say.

The size, style and type of single-family residences would be consistent with the surrounding area.

"(Hickory Creek) will provide new residential options to meet the growing demand for empty-nesters and active adults who are looking to 'right size' their home choice and to reduce their property maintenance responsibilities," the documents say. "The development will provide an enclave of single-family homes set in a landscaped site and organized around large open space reserves. Homes will have a traditional architectural character and will be oriented to take advantage of views into the large open space areas. Homes will generally be one or 1.5 stories. A landscape treatment will provide buffering of the homes from Orders Road."

Hickory Chase: 81 homes near Orders and Southern Grove

Hickory Creek would include ranch-style homes, plus patio-condominiums similar to those in Communities at Plum Run.

"The empty-nester active adult lifestyle and living in communities and homes designed to fit or accommodate that style of living are in high demand in the area and central Ohio generally," city documents say. "Patio homes help lessen school impact, peak traffic and the intensity of daily living with less occupancy per home and fewer people on the site overall."

Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage noted the new starts in single-family housing in his recent Community Report.

"We're running ahead of other similar suburban communities in central Ohio when it comes to the number of single-family new starts," Stage said. "A key to our residential development is the diversity of the housing opportunities we're able to offer in Grove City. ... It's not just single-family homes. We also are providing homes for seniors and plenty of apartment living opportunities."

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