MORE: Middletown leaders consider new housing options in city
Middletown officials said in the late 2000s, homes were constructed in that neighborhood in the northeast part of the city. However, during Great Recession, new home construction virtually stopped across the city. In 2017, NVR expressed interest in constructing homes in the Sawyer’s Mill neighborhood, which is in the Franklin City School District. The neighborhood is located off Dixie Highway, just north of Manchester Road.
Ryan Homes is preparing to start construction in the undeveloped portion of the neighborhood and expects to be in line with the city’s housing needs as well as the Development Code and the pending housing policy.
At a special meeting held by the city Planning Commission in August 2017, Ryan Homes representatives said the prices for the new homes would range between $150,000 and $220,000.
Council will hear a presentation of the city’s proposed housing policy and hold a public hearing at its Tuesday council meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Middletown City Building. The proposed housing policy was developed for more than a year by the city’s Housing Committee that consisted of residents and other volunteers as well as real estate professionals.
“The city is trying to rebalance its housing stock to be competitive in southwest Ohio,” said City Manager Doug Adkins. “Whether you are moving up or down in size, price, or amenities, we want Middletown to have several attractive options for whatever your current housing needs are. The Danter study from 2016 noted that we needed additional four bedroom homes in this price range, consistent with our overall housing goals.”
City Planning Director Ashley Combs said the amended Sawyer’s Mill subdivision plan will go to the city Planning Commission for review on Sept. 11 and return for final approval by council at its Oct. 15 meeting.
Construction of model homes could begin later this fall with new home building beginning in 2020.