Planning commission to hear about Cambridge Road housing project

| November 28, 2015

COSHOCTON – Residents who have concerns about a new proposed housing rental complex can learn more about it at the 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, city planning commission meeting in council chambers at city hall.

PIRHL Developers, LLC would like to build 38 rental units with a clubhouse in the area of 437 Cambridge Road. However, in order to do that they must get the city to change the zoning of 4.1349 acres on and around 437 Cambridge Road (former Pretty Products) from M-2 General Manufacturing to R-3 Multi-Family District and 0.344 acres at the southern corner of Cambridge Road and South 12th Street from R-2 One and Two-Family District to R-3 Multifamily District.

“They are rentals, but the developers are saying they are for working families,” said Safety Service Director Jerry Stenner. “You have to have a job, but there is a limit to how much you can make. I believe for a family of four its $33,000.”

He and Mayor Steve Mercer recently met with representatives of the development company and said they have seen a schematic of where they are going to place the “town house.” There will be 2-4 bedroom units and a few that are handicap accessible. Each will have its own one car garage with driveway, the buildings will be two stories high and the club house will have parking for guests.

“We’ve gotten a lot of calls about if they are subsidized housing,” Stenner said. “They are definitely not section 8. The way it works is that the developer some way goes through the government for financing for the construction, which in essence allows them to work with lower income working families and have somewhat lower rent.”

The developers will do a presentation on their project for the general public at the Dec. 1 planning commission meeting and people will have a chance to ask questions.

“It (the project) is in the planning commission’s hands right now,” Stenner said. “After the hearing they will recommend to city council whether or not the properties should be rezoned and then city council will have to approve the change. They (city council) ultimately get to decide to accept or deny the zoning change.”

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