Originally, Hills Developers proposed building The Pointe, a 32-unit condo complex on the corner of Far Hills and West Schantz avenues and The Trails, an 84-unit condo development, at Pointe Oakwood.
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Some residents who spoke against the proposals said they were concerned about the proposed size of The Trails and the traffic that would come with it, but much of the discussion focused on allowing changes to the Pointe Oakwood master plan which was approved in 2007.
A dispute arose between residents, the city and the developer, resulting in lawsuits over the project.
In March 2017, a settlement agreement was reached which abandoned the proposed 32-unit complex at the corner of Far Hills and Schantz Avenues called “The Pointe,” and approved 84 units along Old River Trail called “The Trails.” The development now has the name Element Oakwood.
Under terms of the settlement, OIG had to amend its master plan to allow for the construction of a three-story office building on five acres of land in the southwest corner of Pointe Oakwood. The building also complements the existing Sugar Camp campus near the development.
Oakwood residents said that construction of two, high-density developments would cause major traffic concerns. They filed a lawsuit against the city to stop construction of The Pointe. Hills Developers filed a lawsuit to appeal the rejection of The Trails.
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Oakwood Mayor Bill Duncan explained following the settlement agreement being reached, that there were concessions made by each party in order to resolve the conflict.
“We wanted a consensus agreement; we weren’t trying to ram anything down anybody’s throat,” he said.