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Council approves step to expanded Delaware Place

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OWU Associate Chaplain Lisa Ho provides the invocation at this week's council meeting.

OWU Associate Chaplain Lisa Ho provides the invocation at this week’s council meeting.

Delaware’s city council gave unanimous rezoning and plan approval to the second and third phases of Delaware Place, which will provide affordable housing to elderly residents.

Their phase one has been successful, said Planning and Community Development Director David Efland. Phase one involved a four-story building and surrounding duplexes, with 63 units total.

Phases two and three will introduce 44 units in a three-story building, and a two-story building with a mix of 11 units and commercial space.

“These are personally exciting to me, being that I worked on Delaware Place for quite some time, as has Joe DiGenova and many of the rest of you, hopefully this is as exciting to you,” Efland said in introducing the project.

“I’ve done a good amount of research here, it’s a great opportunity to provide some much needed affordable senior housing in the community,” said applicant Denise Blake, Midwest regional developer with the Miller-Valentine Group.

Developer Denise Blake describes her plan for Delaware Place.

Developer Denise Blake describes her plan for Delaware Place.

Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said she’d toured the site with Councilman Joe DiGenova and State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and that the new areas were almost full even though construction hasn’t begun.

 


 

To start phases two and three, the planners will have to receive approval from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Blake said their application deadline is February 20, and they’ll receive a response by June 17 at the latest.

She expects a groundbreaking in the first quarter of 2016, once the weather is good enough.

Council also approved rezoning for Shear Style Barber Shop and Union Electric, and a final development plan for Engineering Materials Systems.

In Council comments, Second Ward Councilman Lisa Keller discussed increasing community outreach through social media, which Mayor Riggle supported.

Efland and City Manager Tom Homan also discussed physical branding efforts for the city, including new signs and business cards, which were planned with the help of Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum.

In closing, Mayor Riggle reminded the audience that February is Black History Month, and that there will be a Valentine’s Day marriage/renewal of vows ceremony.

 

About Spenser Hickey

Spenser Hickey is the DelawareO's reporter for the City Hall beat and a photographer. Providing bi-weekly summaries of Delaware City Council meetings, he seeks to inform and explore the local issues that define Delaware. A senior Journalism major at Ohio Wesleyan, he has also written for the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and The Transcript, OWU's independent student newspaper.

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