2017 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.
An updated General Development Plan for the Village Section of the Vintage Club of Montgomery was approved by the Planning Commission in May of 2016. The City originally approved the establishment of the Vintage Club Planned Development in 2006 for approximately 15 acres along Montgomery Road north of I-275 to allow the creation of a mixed-use village with residential and commercial uses. The updated General Development Plan is a reflection of months of work by the developer in order to meet the expectations of the City and the residents of the Vintage Club while working with the current market conditions. City staff continued to work with the developer in 2017 to bring this project to fruition with the public portion of the project being put out to bid in November of 2017. The final product will be an attractive mixed-use development with retail, office, restaurants and condominiums that will complement the existing homes and The Christ Hospital Health Network medical office building.
On the southern end of the City, work continues on the planning of the Gateway Redevelopment Area (GRA). This mixed-use project will feature a unique blend of an urban-suburban lifestyle and will include professional office, boutique hotel, condominiums and a restaurant row built around a new community green. As part of the project, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) approved and awarded funding for a grant application submitted by the City for an interchange modification project at Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The project includes construction of a modified two-lane roundabout, installation of a traffic signal in and around the interchange, and demolition of the existing bridge at this location. The project would have a safe and positive impact on traffic while opening up more land for redevelopment. The OKI grant of $6,000,000 represents approximately 70 percent of the total estimated construction cost of $8,600,000 and the project is currently programmed in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) fiscal year 2020.
There were other positive developments in the city during the year, including the opening of seven new businesses. A new residential subdivision, Orchard Trail, began construction in 2016 and three additional building permits were issued in 2017. The 29-lot, single-family, detached subdivision is on the site of the former Montgomery Swim and Tennis Club on Orchard Club Drive. Camden Homes will be developing the site and building the homes. The new subdivision will feature high-end, empty-nester type housing with a pocket park and a walking trail.
Twin Lakes Senior Living Community continued work on a building addition to the main campus, 9840 Montgomery Road, in 2017. The addition will include 45 additional independent living apartments and a new club-like dining venue, which will be located adjacent to a new auditorium/community room. A retail building was added along Montgomery Road with Stone Creek Dining Company opening at the new location in January of 2018. The building will house two additional tenants in the future. Twin Lakes is hopeful that construction on the main campus expansion will be completed by spring of 2018. Twin Lakes also began construction of 22 new villa homes just south of the Safety Center on Montgomery Road. These villa homes are an extension of Twin Lakes North Campus and are accessed from Arborcreek Lane off of Hopewell Road.
TriHealth also received General Development Plan approval for a 135,000 square foot medical office building to be known as the Thomas Comprehensive Care Center. The new building and associated parking garage are located on the Bethesda North Hospital campus and TriHealth is hopeful to begin construction by the end of 2018.
Three commercial building permits for new construction and expansion were issued in 2017. One new building permit was issued for the construction of the new retail building at 9856 Montgomery Road, located on the Twin Lakes Senior Living Community Campus. A building permit for an addition was issued to the City for the construction of the Public Works building addition. The final commercial building permit for new construction was issued for an addition to an existing building at Gate of Heaven Cemetery to allow for additional niches for inurnment of cremains. The total value of improvements for new commercial construction, expansion and additions was significantly lower in 2016 due in large part to the building addition at Twin Lakes Main Campus, permitted in 2016, despite continued construction in 2017. The total value of new commercial, commercial additions and alterations was $4.5 million in 2017 versus $31.7 million in 2016.