A single-family subdivision of custom-built houses is in the works in New Albany.
Maletz Architecture + Build is looking to construct Alden Woods, which would include nine residential houses on 8.84 acres of land, on the south side of Central College Road east of New Albany-Condit Road.
Attorney Aaron Underhill, who’s representing Central College Development LLC, of which architect Andrew Maletz is a member, said the custom-built houses will cost $1.15 million to $1.5 million.
Homes will be an average of 2,600 square feet, with an additional 1,500 square feet of finished basement space, architect Andrew Maletz said.
Amenities will vary by design but will include white brick exteriors, black windows and copper gas lanterns, Maletz said.
The interiors will include hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry, heated floors in the primary baths, appliances by Wolf and Sub-Zero, custom millwork and trim, he said.
New Albany City Council held a first reading on a rezoning for the development Oct. 5. The request is to rezone the land to limited suburban single-family residential.
Underhill said it’s unclear when the project would be completed.
“It is possible that development of subdivision infrastructure could begin yet this year, which would include site grading, street construction and utilities,” he said. “This will be dependent on weather.
“More likely, site development will occur in the spring of 2023. During development, lots will be marketed for sale, and individual homes can be designed.”
A public street right of way would be provided for a possible future connection to the west, he said.
“There are a number of properties located to the west of this site, all under the ownership of different people and entities,” Underhill said. “The city wanted to leave the option open for a street to extend westward should those properties ever redevelop as part of a unified plan. The applicant does not control or own those properties at this time.”
The city’s strategic plan recommends residential development south of Walnut Street near New Albany Links Golf Club, east of U.S. Route 62 and north of Central College Road to the Franklin County line and east of Kitzmiller Road west of Babbitt Road, said Steve Mayer, planning manager for the city of New Albany.
Mayer said the addition of housing has been on a steady pace in recent years.
“I would say pre-COVID, mostly what we were seeing was 55-and-older communities,” he said.
Since then, only two major housing developments were approved by council: the 37-unit “East Nine” project, referring to the section of the New Albany Country Club golf course, and Woodhaven, offering 22 age-restricted houses and 38 custom homes at Bevelhymer Road and Walnut Street.
“We really haven’t seen too much residential otherwise,” he said.