More than 70 homes expected in new subdivision

More than 70 homes will be built in a subdivision currently under construction on the east side of Columbus.

The first phase of the Poplar Woods subdivision off of Talley Road has resulted in construction of 15 homes since it opened for development in 2013, said Tom Davee, who is overseeing Poplar Woods Development.

Another 20 lots are planned in the first phase, while an additional 38 lots are expected to be finished next year during the second phase, Davee said.

The homes, which feature three or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms, will range from $250,000 to $350,000, he said.

Sizes of the homes will range from 1,700 to 3,500 square feet, said Scott Lynch, owner and broker of F.C. Tucker/Scott Lynch Group.

Most of the city’s residential development in recent years has been on the west side.

“We thought the east side needed some activity as well,” Davee said.

The Columbus Board of Works recently approved a public improvement acceptance for the first phase. That move allows the developer to put in street trees and sidewalks, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer.

“It guarantees that the work will be done,” Hayward said.

The subdivision is currently zoned RT, or residential two-family, which allows for two-family and single-family homes, said Jeff Bergman, city-county planning director. The zoning designation allows for an increased density of homes, but not apartment complexes, Bergman said.

Under the RT zoning designation, a maximum of eight dwelling units are allowed per acre, according to the city’s zoning ordinance.

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