Greenwood council OKs rezone for ‘luxury’ apartments on State Road 135

An Ohio developer’s plans for a “luxury” apartment complex on State Road 135 are moving forward with approval from the Greenwood City Council.

Council members unanimously voted 9-0 Wednesday to approve rezoning about 11.5 acres from residential large to residential multi-unit complex zoning for Homestead Development to build a seven-building apartment complex with up to 184 units. The complex would be located in the 2100 to 2200 blocks of State Road 135, south of Demaree Road and north of Independence Village of Greenwood.

The complex is planned to feature two- and three-story buildings, detached garages, green space, a dog recreation area, a clubhouse with a fitness center, pool, grilling area and lounge. It will have one-bedroom and two-bedroom units ranging from about 720 to 1,050 square feet, according to city documents.

One and two-bedroom units are planned for the complex, with units priced between $1,300 to $2,000, said Brian Tuohy, an attorney representing the developer.

Homestead expects the residents at the complex, which Tuohy described as “luxury,” to be young professionals and active adults who want a nice place to live but don’t want to deal with yards and maintenance. Homestead is expected to spend $40 million on the project Tuohy previously said.

They also agreed to place Flock license plate reader cameras at the development and to provide an apartment at a 50% reduced rental rate for a Greenwood Police Officer to live on-site, if they wanted, Tuohy said.

Initially, the developer planned to have eight buildings with up to 192 units. However, after listening to concerns from a nearby resident during the Jan. 22 plan commission hearing, the developer removed one building on the northeast side, and lowered another from three to two stories.

The developer also relocated a building near State Road 135 so that it is further from the northern property line and relocated the clubhouse to the south, updated plans show.

While nearby residents testified at the plan commission hearing last month, no one from the public spoke about the project Wednesday evening aside from the developer’s representative. It also received a unanimous favorable recommendation last month.

Council member Erin Betron brought up concerns raised by Ashwood subdivision residents and Dye’s Walk Country Club relating to drainage and asked whether they had been addressed. Kimley-Horn, an engineering firm working with Homestead, assured them that with the on-site detention planned, that should improve drainage conditions, Tuohy said.

Homestead representatives also agreed to put the president of the Ashwood Homeowners Association in touch with engineers, he said.

Council member Steve Moan asked whether Homestead talked to Center Grove Community School Corp. about the project, as children from the complex would go to that district. Homestead has not yet but will reach out when they have a final unit count. Later, Tuohy said they expected to have very few students living in the complex.

Although the developer did not plan to use vinyl siding, council member David Hopper moved to amend the ordinance to restrict the use of it. This is a longstanding tradition of his when it comes to housing developments in Greenwood.

The amendment passed unanimously.