Residents petition Centerville development

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Residents are protesting a new development they believe would change the atmosphere of their neighborhood, and bring more traffic to the area.

Ryan Homes laid out a plan to build 85 homes in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. The property has been zoned for Residential Planned Development since 1986.

The plan would make Zengel Drive a connector between Far Hills Avenue and Clyo Road.

Jennifer Sargent started the petition against the project, “It’s going to affect the entire look, dynamic, culture and community of this neighborhood. You can not put track housing in Centerville, Ohio. It’s not right, and it is not fair.”

One of her main concerns is the safety of her three children – she said they cross Zengel Drive multiple times a day to go to school and the to the pool in the summers.

Tom Agnew agreed, “I just think it’s the wrong thing to do with this type of land, it’s just not right. They should put in houses like we have.”

Agnew has lived in his Silvertree Lane home for 45 years.

He also fears for kids who live in the area, “I mean people fly down that street now. They only have one stop sign, and the city already said that more stop signs and more speed  bumps won’t do that job.”

The project is expected to develop in two phases over the next three to five years. The first phase would consist of 42 lots on the north half of the property. Phase two would be the final 43 lots.

Residents will present a petition to council members at Tuesday night’s Centerville city council meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30.

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