June 10, 2011
A Cincinnati-based company has been selected to redevelop the former Delaware Hotel site, pending city council’s approval.
That company, Miller Valentine Group, was ranked highest among four other submissions for the redevelopment of the vacant lot that once housed the Delaware Hotel at 351 S. Sandusky St. All the projects were low- to moderate-income senior housing projects for those aged 55 and older.
The group’s proposal includes an adjoining non-city-owned property sitting to the west, which would be part of the phased development.
The planned development, which will be reviewed in a first reading by Delaware City Council on Monday night, consists of 89 total units ranging from 660 to 920 square feet. A group, consisting of representatives from the city’s economic development, engineering, public utilities and planning departments, as well as the city planning commission and Ohio Wesleyan University, extensively reviewed the plans and ranked them, then invited each developer for an on-site interview.
The development team has many strengths, local ties and proposes a very strong design and site development layout, according to city staff.
The development features a four-story building with 49 units; a three-story building with 26 units; and seven single-story duplex villas with 14 units. The four-story building will have several gathering spaces, including a beauty salon, computer center and library, and media, dining and activity rooms.
The property will have more greenery than previously proposed with plenty of open space featuring a covered picnic shelter, table, grill and seating.
An approximate 10,000-square-foot commercial building called “Wellness Center at Delaware” would be built in a final phase and offer medical, therapy and support services, such as a chiropractor, physical therapy, dentist or yoga.
The building, facing South Sandusky Street, would be for the development’s residents and the surrounding neighborhood. It would be built on the adjacent site, pending an agreement with the current property owner.
The development adds up to an $18.5-million investment over the three phases. The Miller Valentine development group will consist of M&A Architects, EDGE Group and Kleingers & Associates.
As customary for all city-located developments, the Miller Valentine Group will bring forward its preliminary and final plans to both the planning commission and city council before construction starts. A city staff timeline estimates that happening sometime in 2012.
The proposal also requires Ohio Housing Finance Agency — Low Income Housing Tax Credits in order to move forward, the same financing mechanism used for Arthur Place Apartments on South Houk Road.
Miller Valentine’s proposal was selected from a group of four proposals from NRP Group of Cleveland and Wagenbrenner Development of Columbus, Wallick-Hendy Development of Reynoldsburg and The Woda Group of Westerville.
The site’s redevelopment is possible with the help of a $1.1 million Neighborhood Stabilization Grant provided jointly to the city and the county, which went toward the building’s purchase and demolition.
Once the go-to place for Delaware events, the 34-year-old Delaware Hotel fell into disrepair and was vacant since September 2008 when it failed inspection and was closed for code violations. The hotel became a further eyesore when an arson fire damaged the hotel in July 2009.
Delaware City Council’s first reading on moving forward with the development is 7 p.m. Monday in council’s second floor chambers, 1 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.