1-16-20 at 1:11 PM
Sabo Design Associates wants readers to be aware that even though they applied for SPD designation for “Oak Apartments” that they are not the “Developer/Owner” of the property. They said in an Email to Loveland Magazine, “Sabo Design Associates is not the Builder, nor are we the Owner for this project. We simply designed the building for clients.”
Sabo Design Associates declined to name their client however Loveland Magazine has since learned that the Client is Hunt and Whitacre, 550 Wards Corner Road and the current owner of 102 Oak Street is Wilma Conley.
Loveland, Ohio – Sabo Design Associates with offices on Wards Corner Road has applied to build four 16 unit apartment buildings on Oak Street in the Clermont County side of the City. “Oak Apartments” will be four levels each with parking garages below each building. The proposal is for 106 total parking spaces with 1.6 parking spaces per unit. There will be 0′ set-back to the side and rear of existing properties.
Sixty-four apartments are proposed in four-story buildings. The most recent apartment complex constructed and nearby is Loveland Station with 94 units on approximately 3 acres. Loveland Station was also made possible by SPD zoning.
The parcel for Oak Apartments is approximately 1.033 acres.
Sabo Design will need for the City to create a Special Planning District (SPD) which if approved will erase the existing zoning restrictions and protections for the immediate neighborhood and create a separate zoning district with distinct restrictions, permissions, and guidelines.
The current zoning of the immediate neighborhood is Residential-Medium Density (R-MD). The existing R-MD zone does not permit high-density multiple-family uses.
According to a memo written by Assistant City Manager Tom Smith to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) the applicant must first make a written finding that one or more of the following conditions exist, or will exist, within the proposed SPD:
- (a) A concentration of retail and service oriented commercial establishments serving as a principal business activity center for the community.
- (b) Land that is occupied by substantial natural characteristics worthy of preservation or which are historic aids to the identification of residential communities which help residents relate to their communities and to relate the social organization of communities to their physical environments.
- (c) Lands which permit for ingenuity, imagination, and design efforts on the part of builders, architects, site planners, and developers that can produce residential developments which are in keeping with overall land use intensity and open space objectives of the Comprehensive Plan while departing from the strict application of use, setback, height, and minimum lot size requirements contained in the Zoning Code.
Smith said that if the P&Z determine the application meets the requirements for an SPD they should set a public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission for February 4. P&Z has voted to set that date for a public hearing.
The property currently has one single-family home on 1.1496 acres. The property is on Oak Street and wraps around the bend to Second Street. The Northwest side of the property has significant to extreme slopes according to the application.
In the application, Sabo Design said, “As proposed, the development would provide 64 new apartment residences with remarkable views and walkable to Downtown Loveland. Additionally, with the self-contained parking provided, there would be no additional burden to the Business District.”
The application will be first reviewed by P&Z. If the Commission feels that the SPD, as proposed in the Preliminary Review, does not fall within the SPD purpose and scope the Planning and Zoning Commission may deny the application or suggest an alternative action.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meets next on Jan 27 at 6 PM.
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