A development on the southeast side of Delaware has recently started after it was approved a decade ago.
The Ravines of Olentangy encompasses 70 acres, located between North Street and Curve Road and the N&W railroad tracks, for 128 single-family dwelling units, 36 two-family dwelling units and 90 condominiums, according to city spokesman Lee Yoakum.
“There are also areas earmarked for light manufacturing uses and an assisted/independent living senior housing development,” he said in an email.
The developer, Ron Sabatino of Dublin,Ohio-based T&R Properties, said the project is now under way with the construction of homes and the search of an assisted living developer to start in the late spring.
The project’s resurrection has already prompted some swift action from the city. The city’s Parking and Safety Committee approved a recommendation for City Council to consider installing an all-way stop at the intersection of Armstrong and Curve Roads.
Some conditions of the 2006 final development plan were challenged in court, said deputy engineer Matt Weber, and out of that came an arbitration order for the city to be responsible for any safety issues at that intersection.
A 2006 engineer study recommended to carve out embankment on the side of the road for better sight distance at the intersection, Weber said. But the embankment was located on private property, its owner opposed to the proposal.
Instead, Weber said an all-way stop at the intersection was a cost-effective way to address the moderate safety issue when compared with other options. The setup now has a stop sign for traffic going eastbound on Armstrong at the intersection with the speed limit for Curve Road changing from 55 mph at 25 mph within the vicinity the intersection.
“One of the positives out of this, is that really slows people down,” Weber said.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.