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A minor change this week was made to the redevelopment plan of one of the city’s prospective housing developments that will be taking shape near Columbus Municipal Airport.

The Farm View Redevelopment project, being spurred by Granville Custom Homes, slightly changed the dynamics of its first phase by adding three single-family attached residents to its redevelopment plan. Due to market demand and other extraneous factors, Granville made the determination to construct 12 additional duplex units on six lots in lieu of nine single-family detached homes on nine lots as proposed in its original plan, according to information provided by the City of Columbus.

Because the amendment to the redevelopment plan didn’t constitute any substantial modification to the original redevelopment plan, the planning commission and Columbus City Council didn’t have to take official action, rather, the amendment was able to be voted on and unanimously approved as a resolution by council members convened as a Community Development Agency (CDA).

“The redevelopment plan amendment is just a minor change to the previous development plan approved, and the change is that rather than single-family units being used in a portion of phase one, Granville is putting in townhomes,” City Administrator Tara Vasicek said.

The project in its entirety is three-tiered, however, Columbus City Council has only taken action regarding plans for the initial wave of construction.

Steven Ramaekers, owner of Granville Custom Homes, noted that several factors went into the decision to amend the original redevelopment plan. First, he said that the redevelopment adjustment made sense for his company because of work being completed on another ongoing project that could have conflicted with action taken on the Farm View Property.

He also said that his team determined that there was a bit of a clash with some of the properties on the previous plan in terms of where single-family homes were located in proximity to multi-family units.

“We came to feel pretty strongly that the single-family stuff should be on the interior portion of this property, and that the townhome stuff should stay on the periphery of the property, bordering the airport, if you will,” Ramaekers said, addressing the Community Development Agency.

“… There’s a chain-linked fence with barbed wire at the top of it and once we started thinking about the mix it just made more sense to probably put folks who wouldn’t object as much to that look. And so we kind of thought, ‘let’s just keep the outside townhomes and on our phase two move up the single-family homes a little bit more.”

Additional single-family units in the second wave of construction may be added, but nothing has really been set in stone at this point. Ramaekers added that the increase of three attached single-family units actually may help with neighborhood cluttering, to a certain extent.

“They are going to be townhome units, which ironically, is usually a little less intensive, car-in-the-street-type use. Which is another reason we thought, ‘let’s keep the periphery a little less cluttered,' I guess you could say.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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