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40 acres off of West Central Avenue where a 214 40 acres off of West Central Avenue where a 214-unit apartment development is proposed.
40 acres off of West Central Avenue where a 214-unit apartment development is proposed.
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Published: Wednesday, 4/16/2014 - Updated: 2 years ago

Sylvania Township trustees to vote on zoning for apartments


Sylvania Township trustees are expected to decide next month on a requested zone change for an agricultural plot on Central Avenue where a 214-unit housing development has been proposed.

The project submitted to the township for approval is for 40 acres of former farmland at 8739 West Central Ave., between Centennial and Herr Roads. The units at the Lakes at Central Reserve would rent for about $1,300 per month.

The developer is Redwood Acquisitions of Cleveland, and it has built similar developments in Perrysburg, Oregon, and Monclova Township.

The property is zoned agricultural and a request to change it to residential multifamily will go before the trustees at a 4 p.m. meeting on May 7.

The Lucas County Plan Commission reviewed the request on March 26 and gave it a unanimous recommendation.

The township’s Zoning Commission also recommended the large-scale development on a 3-2 vote last week. Daryl Graus, township zoning manager, said about 20 residents attended the meeting, mainly from the neighborhoods east of the proposed site. A handful objected to it because of the impact it could have on traffic and flooding. The land is in the floodplain and is located in an area that already experiences frequent flooding.

“The developers are required to construct the project so the flooding does not increase,” Mr. Graus said. He said the five retention ponds proposed on site would meet that requirement. The trustees recently agreed to support a joint project with the Lucas County Engineer’s Office that would diminish flooding from nearby Ten Mile Creek. However, that project is in the initial design phase.

Residents also raised concerns over the use of Manci Drive as a secondary entrance to the development.

Engineer George Oravecz, principal of Oravecz and Associates in Toledo, who attended the meeting as a representative for the developer, said there would be limited use of the secondary entrance by residents. It will be for emergency vehicle access only.

Commission member Tom Creque voted against recommending the zone change. He cited the proposed number of housing units was too much on the site and in in contrast to the 2007 township land use plan, which called for a environmentally favorable designs in that area.

The one-story homes are being designed for wheelchair access, and with no steps from the garage into the house or from the front sidewalk into the house, officials said. Each unit is to have three-foot-wide interior doorways to accommodate wheelchairs.

Mr. Oravecz said that the units will be marketed toward the 55 and older community and he expected residents there would not be driving during rush hour.

If approved by the trustees,the project would cost $15 million to $20 million and would be built in three phases over five years.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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