The project would also include two acres on the northwest corner of Market Avenue and Union Road that would be set aside for commercial development, according to plans presented by Harden.
When asked if the property would be better suited for commercial use, Harden said there isn’t enough traffic in this area to sustain businesses. He said having commercial space on the first floor and raising the apartments would be too expensive.
Atticus Apartments, a gated community, would be built on 12.6 acres and would feature one, two and three bedroom units, a recreation center, swimming pool, walking paths, dog park and bike parking, Harden told the board.
Harden didn’t know how much the apartments would be rented out, but said it would be a “high value community.” He said the housing-less apartments in Section 8 would attract medical professionals and staff from nearby medical facilities.
The apartments would feature 10-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, according to Harden.
Sandy White, who lives near the proposed development, spoke in favor of the legislation at the public hearing. She reminded the city council that years ago, the developer of Austin Landing on Interstate 75 in Miami Twp., proposed to build this project in Middletown, but the council rejected his idea.
She called the decision “short-sighted” and said apartments should be built because “Middletown needs good”.