BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — With 245 new homes built in 2017 – and predictions for the same number or more this year – the Anthony Wayne-area population is expanding. Monclova Township grew by 127 new homes, said zoning administrator Eric Wagner. “Ever since we got out of the recession, it’s been steady. A lot of it has been in the 55-plus market, such as in Crystal Ridge and Waterside,” Wagner said. Waterside, popular with active seniors, will have 605 homes in 25 plats when complete, said Gulfstream Development owner J.P. Ankney. “We have two more lots and 12 houses to build. That community will probably be completed this year,” Ankney said. Gulfstream Development is also breaking ground this year on Stoney Creek, a subdivision at the northwest corner of Albon Road and Maumee-Western. A total of 283 home sites are being marketed in three lot sizes, said Ankney, who expects to begin working on the model home in April. Gulfstream will also begin building in Plat 3 of The Legends at Fallen Timbers, where a total of 118 units are planned, said owner Gary Kuns Jr. Once Plats 4 and 5 are complete, a roadway will connect to Waterville-Monclova Road. Don Ulrich and Brian McCarthy plan to extend Lakeside, adding 112 one-story rental villas to the east of the bike trail, with an entryway off of Jerome Road. Single-family homes continue to flourish in the township, Wagner said, citing new subdivisions that include Evergreen Abbey and Coder Cove, plus existing developments, such as Winterbourne Station, Deer Valley and Blystone Valley. Both Crimson Hollow and Fallen Timbers Fairways occupy land in both Monclova Township and Waterville Township, where 12 new homes were built in 2017, said zoning administrator Eric Gay. The city of Waterville’s new home numbers languished in the single digit numbers for many years, but are catching up quickly, with a total of 25 homes and 44 rental villas added in 2017, said zoning inspector Patrick O’Rourke. In Waterville Meadows, lots in Plats 11 and 12 are being sold, with two more plats planned off of Wilkshire Drive and Shoemaker Drive. Browning Masonic Community added 14 villas and construction is underway on River Park Villas, off Waterville-Monclova Road near the river. It’s the Pray Boulevard area, however, that’s getting the most attention, as StoryPoint Senior Living Community is set to open its three-story apartment building in May. Work is nearly complete on the first 32 rental units in The Colony and on Plat 1 of Farnsworth Village. Construction on Fiddler’s Green, a 73- to 77-home subdivision, is to start this year. While Whitehouse housing numbers were slightly down, several developments continue to grow, said community development coordinator Barbara Knisely. The 37 new homes included 11 each in Steeplechase and Whitehouse Valley. Blue Grass Farms and Wesley Farms also grew. All 13 lots in Plat 1 of the upscale housing development The Preserve are sold out, and Realtor Dave Kerscher expects Plat 2 to be underway this spring. Utilities and roadways are nearly complete in White-house Meadows, a new subdivision off of Heller Road. That development is slated to have 45 homes, starting with 12 in the first phase. Also proposed is a 79-acre subdivision on Cemetery Road that used to be the Witte and Yoder families’ property.