A homebuilder has received approval from Middletown Planning Commission to build about 78 patio homes with an average price of $265,000.
The new homes will be the second phase in the Renaissance development by Fischer Homes. Renaissance is located east of the Interstate 75/Ohio 122 interchange between Ohio 122 and Hendrickson Road.
The updated plan presented to the planning commission provides more open space due to street realignment, according to Jason Wisniewski, a vice president with Fischer Homes.
“This provides more housing options for people wanting a low maintenance lifestyle,” he said.
A 2010 amendment to the development plan for Renaissance II allowed for re-aligning some of the proposed streets that created narrower lots and eliminated a cul-de-sac that also enlarged a major open space area for residents.
Then in 2012 and 2014, some of the home design plans did not meet the city’s architectural standards and there was issue raised with the non-connection of Long Meadow Drive west to Union Road.
Wisniewski said the company’s other development arms would be looking at extending Long Meadow Drive.
“They want the market to drive where the road goes into Renaissance,” he said.
Wisniewski said the company is also committed to building the connection to Hendrickson Road when the 220th house receives an occupancy certificate. So far, about 120 homes of the nearly 550 planned in both phases of the Renaissance development have been built.
Planning Commission member Ann Mort called the new plan, “a vast improvement” over the previously submitted plan.
Resident Robert Boschert, of Long Meadow Drive, supports the new plan, saying it doesn’t appear it will hurt existing property values.
Not all residents were in agreement. George and Debbie Eckhardt, of Othello Drive, said they oppose the new plan because it will reduce their property value and adversely change the high-end character of the Renaissance development.