GREENFIELD – A proposal to annex nearly 30 acres on the northeast side of town for a rental housing community is pending.
Sisters Beth Willard, Barbara Drudge and Deborah Watson filed for annexation of farmland they own on the southwest corner of Interstate 70 and Blue Road. At a Greenfield Plan Commission meeting in April, representatives from American Homes 4 Rent, a public real estate investment trust based in Calabasas, Calif., discussed a proposal for 81 single-family lots there.
Greenfield City Council was due to consider annexation on Wednesday evening, but Briane House, a Greenfield-based Pritzke & Davis lawyer representing the proposed annexation, called for it to proceed.
“There is potential development on the property, but it’s more in motion now than perhaps in the past,” House told council members. “…We are working on a number of issues and I know the council has questions, I know your planning authorities have questions, and at some point we hope to come back and answer those questions to your full satisfaction, but until that time, we need a little more time.
The board unanimously approved the continuation request.
At the April plan commission meeting, American Homes 4 Rent announced that all homes in the proposed community would have two stories with two-car garages and fencing. The homes would be for rent rather than sale, with monthly rates ranging from $1,800 to $2,200. Maintenance of the property would also be provided for residents. A swimming pool, a cabana and a playground are also part of the proposal.
Officials at the meeting acknowledged that the housing option is growing in popularity across the country, but also noted that rental homes may be more susceptible to falling behind in upkeep and upkeep.