A mini-boom of new construction is gaining momentum within the city of Oakwood’s 2.2 square miles.
The new Routsong Retail Center at Oakwood and Irving avenues is nearing completion, which will allow the first tenants to begin finishing off their spaces.
Contractor bids are coming in and groundbreaking is set for August on two of the four condominium buildings that will be constructed at Far Hills and West Schantz avenues.
Ten custom single-family homes also are completed or under way in the mid-section of the same development, Pointe Oakwood, including the third along the west side of Far Hills.
And, north of those residences, an autumn groundbreaking is expected for the Sugar Camp Assisted Living Facility, to be built by Michigan-based Randall Residence, also on the west side of Far Hills.
The same company has five other senior centers in Ohio, including one in Tipp City. The Dayton center is expected to cost between $12 million and $14 million and require more than a year to build, Oakwood assistant city manager Jay Weiskircher said.
Oakwood city manager Norbert Klopsch said the combined activity amounts to the most construction he has seen during his 11-year tenure in the municipality that is fully developed.
One of three other single family homes on the drawing board will re-use a lot at Thruston Boulevard and Runnymede Road. The owners demolished the previous house on the site last fall.
The other new homes will be constructed on Little Woods Road and Ridgeway Road.
Jeff Samuelson, manager of the Routsong project, said the JZ Construction Co. will complete the shell, the parking lot and the landscaping of the Routsong center in about two weeks.
“Then the specific tenants will move in and complete their portions, which will take another couple of months. We spent a lot of time with the city planning commission and the architect (Donald Kiley of Kettering-based K&A Architects) to do this right,” he said. “The architecture is very complementary with the city of Oakwood. It’s going to be a very pretty building.”
Tenants are expected to include Saxbys Coffee and Firehouse Subs, which is seeking a zoning variance to boost seating from the 24 permitted by Oakwood’s code to 50. City council is expected to vote on that request July 15.
Bob Posner, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Oakwood Investment Group, said the first condo buildings completed in Pointe Oakwood will be a pair of three-story buildings at the southwest corner of the development.
Those will include 12 luxury two- and three-bedroom units . Buyers will have the option of creating their own custom-designed condos, Posner said. John Albrecht will be helping with interior design and LWC Inc. architects are working on the project,using the original design by Earl Reeder, Posner added.
Construction will be completed in April of 2014. A pair of two-story condo buildings flanking those will be part of the next phase of the project.