BATH TOWNSHIP — Neighbors of Lost Creek Golfers Club shared their concerns at a meeting Thursday with the developers who are behind a proposed housing development for 111-acre golf course.
Of primary concern for township residents is the potential involvement of the City of Lima, as developers Blass Residential Services intend to apply for non-withdrawal annexation into the city in exchange for new water mains installed at the city’s expense.
While non-withdrawal annexation would still allow Bath schools and township to draw property taxes from the new development, some township residents are worried the city’s involvement leaves open the possibility for additional housing in the future.
Michael Blass, of Blass Residential Services, the developer behind the proposal, said none of the 104 single-family homes and 308 multi-family units will be subsidized or low-income. He estimated the homes will sell for $180,000 to $250,000, while rental units will be upscale, luxury apartments or townhomes.
Blass believes the demand exists, as he said some people working in Lima are commuting from Findlay and elsewhere.
“Our housing stock is too cheap,” Blass said. “We need to force housing valuations up and the only way we’re going to do that, at least one of the ways we can do that, is to begin to make wholesale changes to the quality of our housing stock.”
The potential for flooding was another key concern.
Forty-two acres on the property are within a flood plain. But Blass said he does not plan to build on the flood plain, with plans for trails in the flood plain area currently under consideration.
The proposed development is not final.
Lost Creek Owner Thomas Holtsberry, who will act as a partner with Blass Residential Services under the proposed development, said he will give the community another 30 days to make a counter offer.
“We would like to give the community or an individual an opportunity to purchase this course. It’s not my intent, nor was it ever, to make this golf course into a housing development,” Holtsberry said. He told The Lima News he plans to close on a deal with Blass Residential Services within 60 days unless another offer is made before that time.
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