2018 Annual Report

Community Development

Community Development Department

 

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. The department benefited from 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, engineering, electrical and plumbing plan review and inspections with outside agencies.  In addition to issuing building permits, 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, the Landmarks Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Development Activity

Vintage Club

The Planning Commission approved a Final Development Plan for Phase 7 of the Vintage Club in May of 2018.  The approval was for the public improvements in the village section as well as two of the condominium buildings, which will be known as The Wicks at the Vintage Club. 

Phase 8 of the development was approved in December of 2018 and included the site work for Buildings A and B along Montgomery Road as well as the building architecture for Building B, which will be the future home of GE Credit Union.

The City originally approved the establishment of the Vintage Club Planned Development in 2006 for approximately 68 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 to meet the expectations of the City and the residents of the Vintage Club while working with the current market conditions.  In many ways, the development is very similar to the original proposal in 2006 and the final product will be an attractive mixed-use development with retail, office, restaurants, and condominiums that will complement the existing homes at the Vintage Club and The Christ Hospital Health Network medical office building.  City staff will continue to work with the developer in 2019 to bring this project to fruition.

Gateway Redevelopment Area

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 urban-suburban lifestyle blend 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 the 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.  

Proposed Montgomery Quarter Rendering

Proposed Montgomery Quarter Rendering. Looking northeast on Street A.

Twin Lakes Senior Living Community

Twin Lakes Senior Living Community completed work on a building addition to the main campus, 9840 Montgomery Road, in 2018.  The addition includes 45 new independent living apartments and a new club-like dining venue located adjacent to a new auditorium/community room.

Twin Lakes added additional retail along Montgomery Road with Stone Creek Dining Company opening at the new location in January of 2018.  The building is now fully occupied, with Toast and Berry and Athletico filling out the tenant mix. 

Twin Lakes also began construction of 22 new villa homes just south of the Safety Center on Montgomery Road.  With access from Arborcreek Lane off of Hopewell Road, these villa homes are an extension of Twin Lakes North Campus.

The Thomas Comprehensive Care Center

The Planning Commission approved a Final Development Site Plan in March of 2018 to allow TriHealth to construct 135,000 square foot medical office building and associated parking garage on the Bethesda North Campus. 

The Thomas Comprehensive Care Center will create a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to comprehensive care and consolidate outpatient care services of the TriHealth Cancer Institute, TriHealth Heart Institute, the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care, and TriHealth Imaging departments. 

TriHealth demolished the existing building at 10498 Montgomery Road to construct a new structured parking deck that will service the existing hospital and the new building.  The plans call for additional parking and landscaping with architecture that is complementary to the existing buildings on the Hospital Campus to provide for a welcoming experience for patients and visitors.  Work on this exciting project began in May of 2018 and will allow TriHealth to continue to meet the needs of their residents today and for years to come. 

Villas of Montgomery

The Planning Commission approved a Final Development Site Plan in October of 2018 to allow Robert Lucke Group to construct 12 new villa homes along Montgomery Road north of the Safety Center. 

The existing single-family homes have been demolished to make way for The Villas of Montgomery, which will include six new single-family attached dwellings and open space.  Drivers may access this latest development by a private drive which will be right-in/right-out. 

The plans call for the addition of a sidewalk along Montgomery Road and well-designed new buildings with landscaping along Montgomery Road and throughout the site.  

 

Orchard Trail

Work continued on the Orchard Trail subdivisions, and six building permits have been issued for the development.  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 received approval for the development; however, Daley Design Build took over the project in 2018.  The new subdivision will feature high-end, empty-nester type housing with a pocket park and a walking trail.