“I think this will make the development more attractive to employers,” Schrimpf said. “Employers are struggling to attract workers. And workers can really steer business decisions about where they want to be and what kind of amenities they want.
“And what we are seeing is that workers want to be close to certain amenities – retail businesses and restaurants in particular,” she added.
The move would “improve marketability and development potential” in some areas not economically feasible for the traditional uses of these sites, said Kettering Planning and Development Director Tom Robillard.
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The Cleveland-based industrial properties own a handful of buildings and approximately 50 acres in the research park.
ICP is developing plans for a residential complex of approximately 300 units on approximately 28 acres at the corner of Research Park Boulevard and County Line Road, near the Beavercreek Corporation line.
ICP Managing Director Dean Miller said that “as much as this is a profitable development opportunity,” the company does not specialize in apartment development.
But he said the housing would add another dimension to the 1,250-acre complex and benefit ICP’s investments.
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“We own an adjoining property and we think it helps these buildings and also the research park as a whole to have the environment to become a little more 24/7 environment – to have housing for potential employees who are working. in the research park to be available to live there too, ”Miller said. “And to make it a place where you live and work. “
The proposed changes to Kettering’s land use would allow “professional office and research facilities with mixed-use retail and high-density residences for a wider range of uses,” the files show. city.
Changes to the city’s zoning code would allow certain “multi-unit residential” uses and certain restaurants “as conditionally permitted uses in the BP Business Park neighborhood,” the documents say.
Both questions were approved 5-0 by the Kettering Planning Commission last week and are expected to be submitted to city council next month, officials said.
The accompanying measures could take months to be approved and implemented, Kettering officials said.
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