Two local companies are collaborating on a residential project in New Albany that will feature 22 age-restricted patio homes and 38 luxury homes.
Alto Real Estate of Dublin and Bob Webb Homes of Lewis Center want to develop Woodhaven on 38 acres at Bevelhymer Road and Walnut Street.
New Albany City Council on July 6 approved the annexation of the land, zoned for agriculture use. In a separate move, council approved a rezoning for the property to infill planned-unit development.
Alto Real Estate is handling the annexation and legislative side of the development, and Bob Webb Homes is the builder on the project.
A cost for the property development was not disclosed by either company.
They are working on a final development plan, which will be considered by the planning commission, although a date has not been scheduled, said New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee.
“Bob Webb has not been in New Albany for a long time, not by choice but the way things happened,” said Brandon Belli, COO of the custom-home builder. There’s no question our product will fit in there.”
The 22 age-restricted homes – each separated and not part of a condominium complex – will be for those 55 and older, typically empty nesters, who will have their own little section of the overall development, Belli said.
The 38 single-family houses will be 3,000 to 3,500 square feet.
All buyers will have options to update their homes with modern amenities provided by the Bob Webb design center, Belli said.
Belli said the development isn’t under any strict timeframe. The companies and the city after working out a few more details, such as locations of leisure paths in the neighborhood, he said.
Belli is upbeat about the location, which is across from Bevelhymer Park and Rocky Fork Metro Park.
“Our hope is that sometime this winter we will be able to get started with some of the site work,” he said, adding that building could start in a year.
Jennifer Chrysler, community-development director for New Albany, said she is on board with Woodhaven.
“This development offers new single-family housing from a quality builder while adding more age-restricted choices to our housing stock,” she said. “It also provides monetary support for additional parkland within the Rocky Fork Metro Park zone, which benefits all New Albany area residents.”