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County To Hear Zoning Change Request For Old Gedert’s Property

The former Gedert’s Greenhouse property is the site of a proposed nine-building, 80-unit complex of villas called Maumee Western Villas. The Lucas County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 28 at 9:00 a.m. at 1 Government Center. MIRROR PHOTO BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Maumee Western Villas – a nine-building, 80-unit complex proposed for the old Gedert’s Greenhouse property on US 20-A – is creating a lot of conversation.

During the August 19 Monclova Township trustees’ meeting, trustee Barbara Lang noted that not all of the information presented on social media sites has been complete or accurate. So she asked Zoning Administrator Eric Wagner to prepare a fact sheet that can be shared on the township website and for trustees to respond to questions.

The development first came up in the spring, when owner Kevin Gray of 20-A LLC asked that the 18.2-acre parcel be rezoned from A/R Agricultural Residential to R-3 PUD (Planned Unit Development). 

In June, the Lucas County Planning Commission staff reviewed the preliminary plans for 104 one-story apartments in 13 buildings and recommended against a zoning change, because it didn’t fit with the surrounding zoning, the 2009 Land Use Plan or the rural fit of the township. 

Gray withdrew his application for the zoning change and resubmitted an amended plan. The new plan calls for nine buildings with 80 units, each with a garage. The 16- percent open space would include a walking trail, two pickleball courts and a wildflower area. 

On Wednesday, August 28 at 9:00 a.m., the Lucas County Planning Commis-sion will hold a public hearing.

“We encourage people to attend the hearing,” said trustee Brian Craig.

On August 20, county planner Bill Harbert released the agenda and recommendations from the staff to commissioners. In that report, the staff again recommends disapproving the zoning request, for the same reasons as before.

If the applicant doesn’t withdraw his proposal, the county will make its recommendation to the township, which would hold its own public hearing on Monday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

Preliminary drawings of Maumee Western Villas are available on The Mirror’s Facebook page and website, www.themirrornewspaper.com.

During the meeting, the trustees also:

• Listened to Thomas Winston, soon-to-be president of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (TLCPA), detail a new residential PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program offered by the Northwest Ohio Energy Special Improvement District (ESID). The ESID has offered a program for commercial entities in which energy-saving changes such as lighting, doors, HVAC and other improvements can be funded and paid back as an assessment on property taxes. Winston said the program will be rolled out in the fourth quarter this year. Trustees approved legislation for the ESID to manage the program for the township.

• Heard that Courtsmiths provided a quote for pickleball courts at Keener Park. The cost for four courts is $78,337. Administrator Harold Grim plans to apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant. Lang suggested utilizing a grant writer to assist.

• Learned that the county’s hearing for a proposed subdivision on 47.36 acres near the corner of Stitt and Weckerly roads will be postponed until late September. Mitchell Development plans 13 lots ranging from 1.7 to 5.6 acres.

• Heard Lang ask for advice from Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Matt Luettke on planning for future growth. He said it’s not too soon to consider more than one deputy working 24 hours a day in the growing township. The township is in the second year of a five-year contract that ends in 2022. The price for 24-hour coverage is $723,312 this year and $790,383 by 2022.

• Discussed a proposal from the Junior Generals on ways to partner in order to cover the dugouts at Keener Park and Community Park. The cost to install covers at Keener Park alone is over $14,000. Lang suggested that Grim discuss options for sharing the cost with the baseball organization.

• Appointed James Gilmore to the Board of Zoning Appeals through February 2020.

• Approved the purchase of Binder Lift patient lifting devices for use in medic units, at a cost of $2,936.

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