Greystone expansion should be a positive one

IT’S PRETTY MUCH A given that most new development in a city takes place on what are considered the outskirts of the city.

It’s also pretty much a given that, sooner or later, what may now be the outskirts of a city will soon become just another neighborhood within the city limits and the outskirts will have moved beyond as the city grows and develops.

That’s as true in the city of Plymouth as it is almost everywhere.

It’s happened on the city’s north side – where, for instance, the county fairgrounds were originally outside the city limits instead of surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides – east side and west side.

It’s also happened on the city’s south side, where the historic Cheeseville district was originally on the outskirts of the city and is now surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides as well.

And it hasn’t stopped there.

Meyer’s Scenic Nature Park was originally a green space on the city’s southern boundary until the South Hills subdivision grew up to the south of the park and made it just another part of the city.

And South Hills was on the edge of the city for many years, bordering on rural areas of the township.

That was until the Greystone subdivision was developed across Hill and Dale Road from South Hills and that became the southern edge of the city.

Now, with the first phase of Greystone filled, developers have received approval from the city to proceed with their planned second and third additions to the subdivision.

The new development will take several forms, with single family home lots continuing to the south of the existing development. The southeast corner of the development, originally intended as single-family lots as well, will instead become a condominium development.

These plans, only a slight modification from the original plans when the Greystone development was originally proposed more than a decade and a half ago, won approval from the Plan Commission and the City Council, as they should have.

However, there was objection from some homeowners in the developed portion of Greystone, who voiced concerns over density, traffic, access and property values.

The first several points are pretty much moot, as the density of the development was altered only slightly by the only change, to condominiums in the southeast portion, which added six more homes than in the original plat. In a development originally planned for nearly 100 lots, that addition is slight enough to have little impact on the original projections for density, traffic and access.

As for property value, that is an item that is impacted by many different factors, from improvements on an individual lot to the overall economic picture – and what is developed nearby is only one of those many factors.

In the case of Greystone, what is developing nearby is not that different from what is already there or what was planned, so that impact should be minimal.

Developers have promised to make the condominium development a high-end one, which should go even further to minimize any negative impact. Similar condominium developments elsewhere in the city – such as the Tallgrass Condominiums – have not had a negative impact on neighboring properties and the same should hold true in Greystone.

The city made the right call in extending the city’s outskirts on the south side and at some future date, when they are no longer the outskirts, any objections should be long forgotten.

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