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Fairways to driveways: Land owner wants to build hundreds of homes
MASON, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- What is now an abandoned golf course could soon be the center of a bustling community.
The former Crooked Tree Golf Course in Mason might be the future site of a lot of new homes. A recommendation to re-zone the land has already been postponed once. Next week, the planning commission will hear from developers about the proposal to build at least 230 homes on the former golf course.
Tall grass, bare sand traps and waterless ponds are what's left on the roughly 170 acre piece of green space. The golf course closed in December of 2013. Now the owner wants to build hundreds of homes on his land.
Lonnie Zwiebel is just one the hundreds of home owners who don't want new neighbors. Zwiebel enjoys the view of the course even though no one's golfing on it.
David brooks owns the land. Brooks says he can build four different sizes of homes, rather than the one size the property is already zoned for.
And that's something many homeowners don't want to see happen.
Amy Woolson is also a homeowner that could have new neighbors just feet from her patio. Woolson and her husband started a petition online against the development. Residents say they're also concerned about traffic and safety issues and believe the value of their home will decrease with the addition of new homes.
The first set of homes could be under construction by May of 2015 and that there will be green spaces built in walking/hiking trails that will be maintained. Next week's planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and is open to the public.
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