Commission votes against Beavercreek development

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A plan to develop “high-end rentals” in Beavercreek has come to a halt.

The Beavercreek Planning Commission voted Wednesday night against the rezoning of a portion of land along Grange Hall and Shakertown roads. The commission was looking at changing the 47 acre area from single-family residential development to residential planned unit development.

It was a decision, however, that was met with large opposition.

“It’s hard to tell whether it’s already done,” said Aram Donigian, a homeowner living across the street from the proposed development. “Where are we in the thought process?”

It was standing room only in the Beavercreek City Council Chambers during the commission’s meeting. More than a hundred people packed the room and a nearby hallway to voice their concerns about the development.

“The plots around that area are family homes,” said Donigian. “Some of them are fairly expensive houses.”

Redwood Acquisitions, listed as the developer for the project, told 2 News earlier in the week that the proposed plan was to build 240 single-story, high-end rentals. Those rentals would have been geared toward retirees.

Proponents for the development said it would be good for Beavercreek schools as it would have added to the property tax base without adding students to the district.

But opponents at the planning commission’s meeting felt there were still some concerns being overlooked.

The thought of high-end rentals brought worries of traffic congestion in the area.

It was a major concern many felt would have done harm along the two-lane road already congested at time.

“When you increase the population in an area such as that, you’re definitely going to have to improve the traffic patterns,” said Sostenes Suazo, another homeowner in the area.

Several homeowners spoke during the commission’s public hearing. Many said they would support development at the location as long as the zoning remained for single-family residential properties.

With the planning commission’s decision, Redwood Acquisitions could still file an appeal with the city to revisit the proposed development.

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