60 New Apartments, Row Houses to Be Added at Taylor Mill Community
The Farm at Taylor Mill will grow by 60 new units as part of the development's third phase.
Jim Cohen, president of CMC Properties which owns the apartment complex in Taylor Mill, presented the plans to the Taylor Mill City Commission on Wednesday evening, and showed renderings and maps of what the project would look like.
The details include the creation of 48 multi-family units, 12 stand-alone row houses, and a new clubhouse and leasing office. Photos of the interior of the apartments showed stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, walk-in closets, and designer bathrooms. The cost to rent a multi-family unit ranged from $800-$900 and the row houses will go for between $1,000 and $1,5000.
Planned clubhouse amenities include a community and media rooms and a health center, and will be designed to look like a dairy farm barn.
Cohen and his group seek a zone change from Residential 1 to Residential 2 and have the acreage to qualify, but zone change applications are first reviewed in a public hearing by the Kenton County Planning Commission. Once Cohen returns to the Taylor Mill City Commission, perhaps as early as April, the city could then decide to approve the zone change based on the recommendation given by the Planning Commission.
If everything goes as planned for The Farm, construction would begin immediately to construct multi-family buildings behind the existing Phase II portion of the complex. Cohen highlighted the privacy that the site provided with its large wooded area. The row houses would be built in three clusters of four units along Old Taylor Mill Road. Once the zoning change is cleared, the project would be completed in 10-12 months.
City Commissioner Ed Kuehne raised a safety issue about residents needing to back out of their driveways on Old Taylor Mill Rd. and he suggested an access road to allow for a safer departure from the homes. Commissioner Dan Murray wondered about parking beyond the two-car allotment in the case of a party or gathering. Another idea the two men had was to turn the temporary construction road into a permanent gravel road once the multi-family units are built to gain easy emergency access to the buildings.
Cohen was receptive to these recommendations.
City Administrator Jill Bailey was named Administrator of the Year by the The Northern Kentucky City/County Management Association. This will be Bailey's 21st year with the City of Taylor Mill.
Mayor Dan Bell was reappointed as Taylor Mill's representative to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments and Commissioner Ed Kuehne was reappointed to Planning and Development Services of Northern Kentucky.
The City Commission was not prepared to pass a resolution that supported and urged the implementation of a needle-exchange program to be administered in the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District. While commissioners recognized the need for such a program, they said that they required more information over what supporting a needle-exchange would cost the city and if the program would in any way be located in Taylor Mill before they felt comfortable passing it as a resolution. The issue was not voted down, but was tabled until more specifics on the issue could be learned.
Mayor Bell said that the Planning Commission was prepared to raise its fees for building inspections and other services because the cost of performing these services is higher than what the Planning Commission currently charges its customers.