As Middletown looks to improve its housing stock, Adkins said the city is also in competition with other area communities to build newer housing.
Recently, Warren County announced a new community authority to develop the 1,200-acre Union Village in Turtlecreek Twp., just several miles from Renaissance, an upscale housing development on Middletown’s East End in Warren County.
Adkins recently said said some developers have discussed building as many as 400 new homes with three or more bedrooms at a price point of $150,000 and higher in the Miller Ridge area and at Sawyer Mills. However he said those talks are have only been preliminary.
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Jennifer Ekey, the city’s economic development director, recently visited some new subdivisions built by Ryan Homes in Xenia and Amelia that might work in Middletown.
Ekey said Ryan Homes has models of the homes in the “Simply Ryan” product line in both communities.
She said there are five different housing layouts in this product line from a three-bedroom ranch to a five-bedroom, two- story house. Ekey said there are many options for people depending on their stage in life and their particular wants and needs.
“Ryan Homes has actually been looking in Middletown for many years and feel like this is a good time to look more seriously at getting a new housing development started,” Ekey said. “Our recent housing study confirms the need for housing in the $150,000 to $200,000 range, which is where these houses are priced at.”
Ekey also said the city has been talking to other home builders in the area.
A representative from Ryan Homes declined to comment on this story citing company policy.
BY THE NUMBERS
Median home value in Middletown dropped from $107,500 in 2000 to $93,700 in 2015
78.4 percent of Middletown’s home values are under $150,000
79.3 percent of the city’s housing was built before 1980 and 21.5 percent was built before 1939
Source: City of Middletown