Hudson -- The builders of Trails of Hudson, 5251 Hudson Drive, have requested a zoning amendment, hoping to increase the number of leases for its residential units.

Owned and managed by Redwood Management Co., Trails of Hudson is located on 33 acres with entrances on Hudson Drive and Norton Road.

Phase 1 of Trails of Hudson consisted of 82 dwelling units, which are completed. Phase 2 was to have 90 units for a total of 172 units in 43 buildings. But leases for the phase 1 dwellings have not met expectations, according to David Conwill, president of Redwood Communities Group.

It is being built in the District 8 Hike Bike Senior Housing Overlay, which restricts residents to those 55 and older.

"Most people do not want to live in a community specifically identified as a 55-plus restricted community," Conwill said.

Although interest has been high, leasing has been slower than expected, Conwill said.

"Folks who are 55 to 75 years old remain active and significantly engaged in the life of their community and do not perceive themselves as ready to retire in a 55 plus age restricted community," Conwill said.

Redwood hopes by eliminating the restriction, leasing will meet the projections for phase 1 and enable them to proceed with phase 2.

Phase 2 includes the construction of Lawnmark Drive, a road connection to adjacent commercial properties, that could help relieve traffic on Darrow Road.

Also, phase 2 includes a trailhead for the hike and bike trail on land previously donated to the MetroParks Serving Summit County, which will be open to all park users.

A proposal for amending the city zoning code to remove the 55 plus requirement is scheduled for a first reading by Council Feb. 5 and would be sent to planning commission for discussion and a public hearing. The planning commission would make recommendations. Then Council would have a public hearing and two additional readings before voting on the ordinance.

The city recommends a change in the wording to describe the overlay zone as "designed to accommodate" residents 55 and older instead of "intended to house" residents 55 and older.

The title "Age Restricted Residential" would be changed to "Senior Housing Residential."

"We believe with the lifting of the age restriction, the intent of the District Overlay are still maintained," Conwill said.

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