An informal poll from Peters Township Council shows support, even on a narrow basis, for plans to develop an upscale apartment complex near the southwest corner of the township.

Representatives of Cincinnati-based real estate developer Al. Neyer had requested discussions with township officials to determine whether the company should proceed with acquiring property at 259 Galley Road as a potential site for the project.

Rendering presented to Peters Township by Al. Neyer

To develop the site as planned, Al. Neyer is requesting two amendments to the township’s zoning ordinance and the granting of two waivers. A memo from Deputy Director of Planning Seth Koons to council reported that township staff members and the planning commission recommended starting the process.

At their meeting on Monday, four of the seven council members spoke in favor of the development. Frank Kosir Jr. joined Frank Kosir Jr. the three who took office at the start of the year, Tom Pirosko, Matt Rost and Allison Shanafelt.

“It’s definitely the type of housing that we don’t have in the township,” Kosir said. “I’ve always been a fan of housing diversity. I’m certainly more excited about that than the idea of ​​putting a hotel there,” referencing a previous proposal.

One, two and three bedroom rental units, totaling approximately 250 apartments, are planned.

“Smaller units would be in the $1,200 range, with larger units in excess of $2,000 per month,” said Patrick Byrne, Al. Neyer director of property development, the amenity addition would include a fitness center, tenant lounge, dog park, backyard pool and grilling area.

Council members Frank Arcuri, Robert Lewis and President Gary Stiegel Jr. expressed their opposition to the project, citing the magnitude of what is proposed for the more than 10 acres, including three-quarters of an acre for space for retail.

“I think that’s too much for the size of the package,” Lewis said.

As usual with development in Peters Township, traffic weighed heavily in the discussion.

The main access to the complex, called Wynter’s Circle, would be from Waterdam Road between Route 19 and Old Waterdam Road.

At the intersection of Waterdam Road with Galley Road, slightly to the east, the only traffic control is a one-way stop sign for vehicles on Galley.

“Quite frankly, I find it hard to believe, given the nature of this, that they’re going to be able to get a freeway occupancy permit without improving this intersection,” Township Manager Paul Lauer said. about a decision to be made by the State Department of Transportation.

Despite the property’s address, connecting Wynter’s Circle to Galley Road would be “emergency access”, according to Gateway Engineers project manager Michael Galet, who is working with Al. Neyer.

To proceed with the project as envisioned, the developer is seeking to amend the township code to allow more than the current maximum of 36 units per building in the zoning district in which the property is located.

“If we were to do this development meeting this order, we would probably have seven to eight very similar looking structures stacked on our site, which would make it really unremarkable,” Galet explained.

Another amendment would remove the requirement that 50% of all parking lots in a multifamily development be covered and enclosed on three sides.

“We are trying, at this stage, to get as close as possible to that requirement,” Galet told the board. “We have a concept layout that shows covered parking for about 30-40% of the total parking.”

Changes would require final council approval, while variance requests go to the township’s Zoning Hearing Board. As for the latter, Al. Neyer is requesting a waiver from setback requirements with respect to the distance of a building from its property line and the top floor of a four-story building from the third floor.

According to Byrne, the goal of his business is to fill a perceived gap.

“Through our market analysis, we are seeing a growing demand for high-quality, multi-family rental housing in the area, with limited supply,” he wrote in a letter to Koons and the township’s planning director, Ed Zuk.

“Our proposed development would help expand housing choices for a wider range of age groups, from young adults to downsizing empty nests, a need that was also identified in the overall plan and study of Peters Township Market.”

Circle of Wynter

Development is proposed for over 10 acres near the southwest corner of Peters Township.