CUYAHOGA FALLS — City Council will review the plan for the second and third phases of a $30 million-plus housing project on the former Sycamore Valley Golf Course on Akron Peninsula Road.
The planning commission on Nov. 5 voted 6-0 in favor of the final subdivision plat and improvement plans for the second and third phases of the Villages at Sycamore at 1651 Akron-Peninsula Road. Council’s planning and zoning committee will discuss the legislation dealing with these items at its meeting on Nov. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.
The second phase will be on a 17.9-acre tract of land and will include 46 ranch-style homes, three single-family homes, public streets, private lanes and open space. The third phase will be on 4.245 acres and include 51 two-story town homes, private drives and open space.
The developer is Danny Karam and Ryan Homes will construct the homes.
In April, despite objections raised by residents, a majority of council agreed to rezone the land from E-1 Employment District to R-3 Sub-Urban Density Residential to allow for the construction of the development. The vote happened after a series of meetings in which many residents who live near the property opposed the rezoning due to concerns about flooding, traffic volume and issues related to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Modic previously said this development is being built "such that we’re far enough away and above the flood plain [so] that the new units we’re building are not going to be impacted by that in any way, shape or form."
He added ponds will be installed to handle water quality at the project site and the flood plain will be converted from "mowed, manicured grass" to one with plants and vegetation to filter water that will benefit "the entire watershed."
Council approved the first phase of the development in July. Modic said the first phase will have 40 two-story town homes and three single-family detached homes. Ryan Homes is expected to begin work on a model home either late this year or early next year, according to Modic. Once the home is finished, Ryan Homes will start the sales process and then build the structures once a certain number of sales have been made.
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