New Urbanism Underway on the 1,200 Acre Evans Farm in Central Delaware County Ohio
The project is under construction with the first 50 single-family homes coming along and a few occupied already. Completion will be at least a decade away given the scale of this project. 1,200 acres with an average lot size of 1/10th of an acre means thousands of single-family homes plus mixed-use commercial and net lease retail space available.
Planned are several streets of ground-level NNN net leased retail built in the fashion of old small-town downtowns with office space or multifamily apartments upstairs like downtown Westerville. Then several rows of attached housing somewhat similar to what we would refer to as Brownstones or Rowhouses in a number of cities such as Philadelphia. This will serve as a transition from the town center to the single-family neighborhoods to the north.
New Urbanism generally refers to the redevelopment of urban areas that are already in densely populated walkable neighborhoods where the dally use of a private car may not be necessary. Those sites already have shopping, jobs, and transit within walking distance. That this is not. This is more of an attempt, in my opinion, to take a big piece of empty farmland and build a from scratch, planned community like a new Westerville circa the 1950s or most other rural small towns in Ohio with quaintly restored/preserved downtowns. Sure, it will be walkable within the community, but to really do anything or go anywhere it will require getting in the car and heading to Route 23.
Still, I think this is one of the most existing new suburban residential mixed-use developments in memory and far better than the typical ¼ acre lot single-family residential housing development that we see all over Delaware County, and frankly, all over everywhere in the Midwest.
It will also give the approximately 1,076 Columbus area commercial real estate agents, realtors and brokers a little something more to do and you won’t hear a peep of a complaint from us about that.
Ok, I’ll now like you to the new article in Columbus Underground with more specific detail about the project, developers, etc. For questions, you can reached me, Scott Harris Realtor, commercial specialist at 614-905-6614.