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Tallmadge City Council approves site plan for apartments on Colony Park Drive

by Holly Schoenstein | Reporter Published: July 13, 2014 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge SEmD A developer's proposal for a five-building apartment complex on Colony Park Drive is moving forward now that City Council approved a site plan July 10.

The plan calls for a total of 40 market-rate apartment units, with eight units in each building, on a 5-acre property at 580 Colony Park Drive, just north of Eastwood Avenue.

"I thank Council for considering this project ... ," Mayor Dave Kline said. "I think it will be a good project, good for the neighborhood."

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended last month that Council approve the site plan, created by Uniontown developer Premier Developments. According to architect John Walsh, of GBC Design Inc., Premier Developments intends to buy the property owned by Thomas Brown.

The density of the property that's zoned R-5 won't change.

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Two of the three parcels that make up the property will be developed, and the third will remain as open space, Walsh said.

Each building will be two stories in the front and three in the back. Underneath each building will be a large, enclosed garage with an assigned parking space for each unit. Additional parking spaces will be available in above-ground, outdoor lots on the property.

The rental units will be 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a washer and dryer. Walsh said the apartment units would rent at the middle or upper price range.

This is the fifth site plan for the property since 1981, according to city officials. Most recently, LW Associates Inc. of Ashville, near Columbus, proposed to build a single, multi-story 40-unit apartment building for seniors, but the plans fell through last year after the developer couldn't get the federal senior tax credits needed to move forward.

Roger Lyons, Tallmadge's former code enforcement official, said last month that a similar site plan to the multi-building proposal was approved in 2000. Only one building of eight was built at 550 Colony Park Drive.

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