TALLMADGE — A variety of new single-family homes are planned for a new development on East Avenue, and residents may soon begin to see infrastructure taking shape.

Jim O’Connor, director of planning for the development, told the planning commission it was the first time Pulte Homes has built a development in Tallmadge. Mike Kendall and John Walsh, engineers from GBC Design and Keith Filipkowski, director of architecture, were part of his team presenting Feb. 6 at Town Hall.

Walsh said the number of lots has remained the same at 208 on the 103.6 acres on East Avenue that was formerly known as Ripley Farm. On the west side of the property are three open spaces, two for water retention and one is a wetlands where a walking path will be built. The development includes 38 percent open space.

In 2019 the number of homes was reduced to 180 and the company asked for 9.6 acres along East Avenue to be rezoned commercial, but residents objected, and the plans were changed to the original all single-family residential. 

Some changes to the layout design were made with the alignment of the western main entrance with Washburn Road and the addition of a playground and gathering area on the lot near the neighboring Tallmadge Alliance Church. A pathway will run parallel with East Avenue and link the two entrances into the development. Sidewalks will be on both sides of the streets with lights and Cluster Box Unit mailboxes.

The sewage will be handled in two separate directions with the southern portion going to East Avenue and the northern portion going to Portage County.

The improvement plans were approved by the planning and zoning commission, but the developer will have to present a final plat for each phase before installing infrastructure. Homes can be sold after the final plat is recorded.

The five phases include 37 lots in phase one; 46 lots in phase two; 50 lots in phase three; 52 lots in phase four; and 23 lots in phase five. 

Home buyers will have seven home styles to choose from with options on each plan, including floor plans, number of windows and storage space. The smallest, called Spirit, is a one-story ranch with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths ranging from 1,489 to 1,672 square feet. The Newton is two stories with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and ranges from 1,723 to 1,902 square feet. The largest is the Mitchell and is more than 3,000 square feet in size.

The size of the home determines what lot it will fit on, Filipkowski said. 

Homes will be mixed so the development looks like it has evolved over time, O’Connor said. 

The development will have a Home Owner’s Association to help take care of the open area and determine what can or cannot be added to the home and yard. No sheds or accessary buildings are permitted, no above ground pools and fencing is either black wrought iron or invisible.

Homeowners will take over the HOA once the last lot is sold. 

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or lfreeman@recordpub.com