Residential and Retail on 1,000 Acres at Evans Farm in Delaware County
Residential and Net Lease Retail
A New Urbanism concept is set to rise on 1,000 acres in Orange and Berlin Township. While not yet formally approved in its entirety by the Orange Township trustees, all three have expressed strong interest in the project. The rezoning from agriculture to commercial has been approved.
The new community will begin just east of Olentangy High School and stretch all the way to Alum Creek State Park on the east and eventually all the way north to Berlin Township. The 450 acres in Berlin Township could be a few years off until construction begins.
The goal of the family who owned the large farm was a vision to create a community very different than anything else in Central Ohio using the concept of the New Urbanism movement. New Urbanism calls for walkable, self-contained communities with homes set close to the street, including large usable front porches, walkable local retail, restaurants and services. Garages will be side entry or from the rear.
This rather fantastic concept got started about six years ago when the family who owned the farm approached developers, Dan Griffin and Tony Eyerman, about doing something really unique on the land versus just more single family housing. The family’s decades long goal was to create a real community center for Orange Township simliar to historic Uptown Westerville, Old Worthington, Grandview, etc. The project will be named Orange township Town Center.
There will be small local retail, cafes, small restaurants, bakeries and a YMCA, but no big box stores or large anything. Also planned is a new elementary school to be part of the Olentangy School District.
This is probably still a little early for NNN, triple net retail lease up, but if you’re interested, give me a call, Scott Harris Realtor 614-905-6614. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any triple net nnn properties for sale out of this one.