Citizens voice concerns over proposed development


Several citizens voiced concerns over a proposed housing development on the city’s east side. Andy Clarridge, representing LeVan’s Investments, gave a presentation to the city council that touched on plans for a proposed housing development on Ludlow Road. The proposed development would be funded entirely by private funding and would not seek government funds for any part of the project.

The development would require a 70.013-acre tract of land south of Bellefontaine Middle School bordered by Ludlow Road and Township Road 181 to be annexed into the city. According to Clarridge, the development would consist of single-family homes, patio homes, and multi-family residences. LeVan’s Investments is seeking an R-3 Multi-Family Residence designation for the tract.

Several residents spoke against not the development per se, but the other consequences that development would bring, namely increased traffic flow and flooding issues. The residents wanted reassurance from the council that these matters would be addressed and any potential trouble spots be taken care of.

City Engineer Jim Bischoff addressed some of the residents’ concerns, stating that his office would be working closely with the developers and the Logan County Engineer to address flooding issues that may arise. He also said that traffic flow patterns would be investigated.

The tract’s annexation was given its first reading during the city council meeting held after the public hearing. During that meeting, City Law Director Josh Stolly recapped the process of the annexation request, reminding those present that this has been a thorough process and there was still more work to be done. Once the acreage is annexed into the city, the work can begin in earnest.