East Avenue changes include development, traffic light and road improvements for Tallmadge

Construction is expected to start soon on the former Ripley Farm's 103.6 acres where Pulte Homes will build 208 single-family dwellings.

TALLMADGE – Timing is everything for a development, traffic light and road improvements.

Construction is expected to begin soon on the 208 single-family residential development to be built by Pulte Homes on 103.6 acres on what was formerly known as Ripley Farm. The site is next to Tallmadge Alliance Church at 1155 East Ave, according to Mayor David Kline, who updated council members at the July 9 meeting.

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 with homes ranging from 1,489 square feet to 3,000 square feet with styles mixed in the development based on lot size.

During phase 2, the major road in the development will be built to align with Washburn Road on the southern side of East Avenue which could be completed in 2022. A traffic light, poles, turn lanes and other improvements are proposed for the intersection at an estimated cost of $900,000 for engineering, design and construction, Kline said.

“We are considering a residential TIF in the development,” Kline said. “Part of their property tax would go to pay for the intersection.”

Another project by the Ohio Department of Transportation would improve East Avenue from Community Drive to Brimfield Township with construction in 2025-27.

“I can’t wait for ODOT on that intersection,” Kline said. “We’re going to engineer that intersection and be ready for phase II in 2022 for Ripley Farm.”

Kline said he would return to council about the design of the intersection and how to fund it.

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at lfreeman@recordpub.com