2015 Annual Report
The community development department is responsible for administering the City’s building and zoning codes as well as property maintenance code enforcement. The department consists of three full-time staff, which includes a director, zoning and code compliance officer and a building and development office manager. In addition, there is a part-time special projects coordinator as well as support from the community and information services staff and an inspector in the public works department. The City contracts for building, electrical and plumbing plan review and inspections with outside agencies. In addition to building permitting, the community development department is also responsible for strategic and long-range planning, economic and business development and general community development projects. It provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Landmarks Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Christ Hospital Health Network Outpatient Center and medical offices on the southwest portion of the Vintage Club property opened in 2015. A new 80,000 square foot medical office building and a 20,000 square foot surgery center were built by the developer, Brandicorp, with the City constructing a 321-space parking garage under a portion of the larger building. The community development department continued discussions with the developer regarding future plans for the rest of the commercial section of the property.
At the other end of Montgomery Road, the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) issued a request for proposals for the 11.5 acres of property known as the Gateway Redevelopment Area located at the northeast corner of Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The site consists of the former Chevrolet dealership at 9292 Montgomery Road and the former Ford dealership at 9260 Montgomery Road as well as approximately 2.5 acres of land purchased from Hamilton County abutting Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The CIC authorized the city manager to negotiate a preferred developer agreement with Gateway Partners: a development team consisting of Great Traditions, Brandicorp, Greiwe Development, North American Properties and Sibcy Cline. The CIC envisions an integrated, mixed-use project that is complementary in scale and design to the adjacent historic district and sensitive to the real estate market.
There were other positive developments in the City during the year, including the opening of nineteen new businesses. Fifth Third Bank completed a demolition and rebuild of the bank building located at 9990 Montgomery Road. The bank chose Montgomery as the location of the prototype store for its new model which opened in January of 2016. The builder for Montgomery Hill at the corner of Main Street and Remington Road applied for and received approval for an additional three-unit building across the street from Montgomery Hill at 7925 Remington Road. Work on this project was nearing completion at the end of 2015. Twin Lakes Senior Living Community demolished the former Honda buildings on Montgomery Road in order to accommodate a building expansion and potential retail use along Montgomery Road.
Only one commercial building permit for new construction and expansion was issued in 2015 for the construction of the new Fifth Third Bank building, which is lower than the three commercial building permits for new construction and expansion which were issued in 2014. The total value of improvements for commercial new construction, expansion and additions was also significantly lower than in 2014. The total value of new commercial, commercial additions and alterations was $9.7 million in 2015 versus $12.8 million in 2014.
The residential sector was busy in 2015 with the building department issuing 32 permits for new homes and 65 permits for residential remodeling/room additions. The total value of residential construction was estimated at $20.4 million. The number of teardowns has also increased dramatically. The City issued 23 demolition permits in 2015, which nearly mirrors the number of demolition permits issued in 2013 of 22 permits. A record 30 residential demolition permits were issued in 2014. Since 2001, there have been a totalof 209 teardowns in the City.