Sheila McLaughlin reports:
New homebuilding in Greater Cincinnati is taking off again, with Liberty Township in Butler County the hot spot for growth in single family homes in the four-county region, an Enquirer analysis shows.
“Liberty Township is 50 percent built out. We still do have a lot of land, so there’s a lot of opportunities for developers,” Township Economic Development Director Caroline McKinney said.
As of Oct. 31, Liberty Township hadissued 212 building permits this year for single family homes. If the building continues at that pace, the township could end the year with permits issued to build a total of 248 new homes, according to Enquirer projections based on actual permits through earlier this fall.
That would represent a 53 percent jump in new housing starts in the township since 2008, when the Great Recession was gripping the economy. That’s the highest new home start number since 2009, when there were 167.
Liberty Township is following a national trend. The U.S. Commerce Department recently reported that residential construction permits in October reached their highest level since June 2008.
David Dietz and Sarah Paige had lived in West Chester since 2007. But Dietz said they rushed to move to West Chester when he was promoted to his employer’s home office in Fairfield. They didn’t quite get the house they wanted.
A house in Liberty Township will provide the couple with upgrades such as a gas stove for Paige, who does a lot of cooking, and a spacious, two-story great room, Dietz said. The couple now has a 4-year-old son.
“One of the reasons we went to Liberty is we couldn’t find anything in West Chester. There just wasn’t a lot of inventory available when we were looking so we decided to build to get what we wanted,” Dietz said. “This is supposed to be the forever home. It’s only about 15 miles away but it really seems like it’s out in the country. It is a lot quieter.”