By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BEAVERCREEK — The Granger Group came to Beavercreek looking for a place to call home for a new assisted living and memory care facility called Buckingham Village. The new facility will be located on Grange Hall between Pentagon, Kemp and Lujon roads. The final approval will be decided in January.
The Granger Group went before Beavercreek City Council recently asking for approval of rezoning and a concept plan of construction of 80 units on the 76,000 square feet facility located on 12.3 acres of land. According to the proposed concept plan, the facility will consist of two, two-story buildings. It will be located on the south portion of Park Overlook Drive.
“I’m not opposed to the new development. I think it’s a good use of the land,” Beavercreek resident Dwight Keller said. “I’m a resident of Spicer Heights and I’d like to suggest that the new development be able to use the neighboring park and park goers could access their parking lot.”
Currently, there is a wooded fence separating the park from this proposed property. Neighbors such as Keller and Greg Alley voiced their desire to share the park with the assisted living facility and parking, if allowed by the city. City officials said it was a “great idea” and would discuss the issue further during the final phases of site planning.
This complex is intended to serve individuals 65 years or older. In addition to being an assisted living and memory care facility, it’s intended to also house adult daycare and/or retirement community. There has been talk about also adding a semi-independent and independent duplex for those individual needs.
Historically, the zoning was approved for Donald Huber Development in 2006 for the construction of 34 duplexes. It was amended again in 2010 by Jonathan Wocher and McBride Dale Clarion of Cincinnati for the construction of a nursing facility on the northern portion of this property. Those projects never advanced.
The current zoning allows for only single family homes, multi-family homes, private garages, and private swimming pools. This rezoning will allow the new development to move forward and make use of the vacant property.
The zoning commission recommends approval with six conditions, including the requirement of a 50-foot buffer along Grange Hall Rd. and the need for approval of the final site plan and requirement to pay a park fee, which may be waived to allow for residents to utilize the parking lot for park visits, and impact fees as determined by the engineer’s department.
The city council moved for this issue to move to the third reading in January, 2017.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.