Developers of the Evans Farm residential and commercial development will offer the Olentangy community an inside peek at the traditional ingredients and philosophy of the 1,400-acre development Monday, March 13 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.
The free, two-hour presentation will feature three leading national experts in the design principles guiding the community Tony Eyerman and Dan Griffin have begun building off Lewis Center Road along Alum Creek.
It begins at 7 p.m.
“It’s the idea of creating a village based on traditional values, like getting to know your neighbor and creating jobs,” said Dan Griffin. “We’re Granville; we’re building Mayberry. It will have a village center and housing for every generation.”
The development offers more than 2,100 single-family lots over the next 10 years as well as senior housing and, eventually, apartments. Plans also call for a YMCA and a site for an elementary school for the Olentangy Local School District.
Griffin said about one-third of the land will get set aside as open space and active parkland with an educational or active recreational purpose, including athletic fields. Even the fire pits will get stocked with wood.
Already, prospective residents have reserved 116 of the 142 lots available in the first residential section. Griffin said closings will begin in June and July with the first homes getting under construction in the summer and early fall.
Tony Eyerman said the “new urbanism” experts will discuss what sets Evans Farm apart from the suburban sprawl residential development surrounding Columbus, a news release states.
The seminar distinguishes itself from a series of sales gatherings during the last several months in that those attending can learn about Evans Farm without the direct sales pitches of previous events.
“This is more about bringing people in to observe and learn. It’s about educating the community about new urbanism and how it promotes a community focus,” Eyerman said.