Sue Kiesewetter reports:
A new plan for the Carriage Hill development will provide residents of all ages everything from an ice cream shop to hiking trails.
“The whole intent is not to create a subdivision, but to create a community,’’ said Jose Castrejon, vice president for landscape, architecture and planning for McGill Smith Punshon, a firm workingon the project.
The 400-acre project is located on the east side of Ohio 747, between Millikin and Princeton roads. Within its borders are the Winding Creek subdivision and the site for this year’s Homearama custom home show, put on by the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.
“We want to see a community that 100 years from now we can still be proud of,’’ said Randy Terry, a managing partner in Liberty Land Company LLC, which is developing the property owned by the Terry family.
When: June 8-23
Where: Carriage Hill, 6306 Ohio 747, Liberty Township
Tickets: $13 at the gate or $11 at Cincinnati area Kroger store, gate discount for AAA members; free to children 12 and younger
Homes: Eight homes priced at $700,000 to $1.2 million
Information: 513-851-6300 or www.cincybuilders.com
Since the 87-acre Winding Creek subdivision opened in 2006, developers have changed and new zoning categories were added, giving Liberty Land more options, Terry said.
The economic downtown gave those involved in the project time to alter the project from its 2007 concept.
Last week, the project got the go-ahead when Liberty Township trustees agreed to rezone the property to add mixed use to the business and residential planned unit development categories.
The goal, Terry said, is to create a village-like atmosphere where residents can walk or bike to schools, shops and neighboring subdivisions.
At the center of the village is a community gathering area that includes 150,000 square feet of office, retail, and commercial space, along with 144 residential units on 44 acres.
Other areas of the property will include numerous housing options. There will be apartments for young professionals, single-family homes, luxury apartments, townhouses, condominiums and patio homes for empty-nesters.
Single-family and patio home lot widths vary from 50 feet to 120 feet.
Amenities include clubhouses, pools, playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, 10 lakes or ponds stocked with fish, and 80 acres of open space – including woods, cliffs, streams, and ravines.
Pedestrian paths will connect Millikin, Princeton and Ohio 747.
“Our neighbors will have the opportunity to use the paths to connect to the village, VanGorden and Plains schools,’’ Terry said.
The timeline for the project is an eight-year build-out for the residential portion, three to five years for the village center and about 10 years for the overall project.
There are 25 homes completed or under construction in Winding Creek and 15 that should get approval within 90 days. That project should be finished by early 2014.
Pricing for the single family homes run $380,000 to $1.5 million for 2,100- to 7,000-square feet of space.
Empty-nester patio and other homes will range from $280,000 to $500,000 for 1,650- to 3,000-square feet of space.
Townhouses and luxury one- and two-bedroom units will rent for $900 to $1,300 per month.
VIDEO: Take a tour of the Carriage Hill property in Liberty Township