Sylvania Township Board of Trustees Approve Oakleaf Village Expansion Plans

Posted on May 7, 2013

Written by: Natalie Trusso Cafarello

Published by: Toledo Blade

Oakleaf Village received approval from the Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday to build a new facility to treat those who suffer from memory loss.

The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plans submitted by Oakleaf Village, an assisted living and retirement community, to construct a memory care building on its 10.5 acre property at 4220 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.

The parcel of land, had a RA-Planned Unit Development designation with an underlying residential zone that was in place since 1985, Daryl Graus, planning and zoning manager, said. On March 27 the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions approved Oakleaf’s request to remove the Planned Unit Development to retain the residential or R4 zoning designation, and the trustees also approved the zoning change at Tuesday’s meeting.

Used to regulate land development, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions, a PUD zoning is designed to offer flexibility from traditional zoning, however, tighter restrictions are applied to landscaping, open space and building coverage in exchange.

“Removing it relieves them from the strict requirements of the PUD, in order to build a memory care facility. They will have a little more freedom, and will still have to abide by rules as far as setbacks, and building height,” Mr. Graus said.

The Zoning Commission approved the plans and the zoning change on April 10.

The building, designed by Andrews Architects of Dublin, Ohio, will be one-level assisted living complex, about 30,000 square feet. It will house those patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer, Russell Garber the project architect, said. The building plans include 40 units and Oakleaf is licensed for up to 48 units, Mr. Garber said.

He would not disclose how much construction would cost. He said that construction will begin in September with a one-year completion date. He expects the facility to be operable by late summer 2014.

The Wallick Company, based in Columbus, will have its development division complete the construction phase of the project, Mr. Garber, said. The Wallick Company is Oakleaf’s parent company, he said.

Before the trustees voted on the zoning change, a public hearing was held on the subject, which no residents attended.

“We’ve had a good support from the community throughout the whole process,” said Mr. Garber.

The parcel of land was part of a two lot Planned Unit Development with an underlying residential zone, where Wellington Apartments are located to the north. Mr. Graus said that the apartment complex, which is not affiliated with Oakleaf, will maintain the its Planned Unit Development designation.