Cancellation of Village Events

Based on the current status of the corona virus in Ohio and the orders and guidelines that have been put in place as a result of the virus, the Village has made the difficult decision to not hold public events this year.  This means that events such as Community Days at the Pool, Harvest Fest, and Light Up will not be held in 2020.  Concerts on the Commons will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

Attendance at these public events is open – tickets and/or advance registration are not feasible.  Events such as these are considered to be “mass gatherings” and mass gatherings are still limited to no more than 10 people.

You are probably thinking about all the permissible events such as weddings, outdoor theater performances, sports leagues, etc. that are occurring.  How do these differ from public events?  Well, they differ since there is the ability to have advance reservations/registration of attendees that allows for the gathering of personal information in the event tracing is necessary. Our swimming pool is a good example of this.  A condition of opening the pool was having a daily reservation/registration process in place.

We look forward to a full schedule of events in 2021!

Sidewalk Repair Program

Hopefully this will be the year the Village of Greenhills can begin repairing sidewalks. We will be using a technique called “concrete cutting” to remove trip hazards.  Sidewalks throughout town have already been marked for repair.  This is typically an expense of the adjacent property owner; however, the Village intends to pay for these repairs this time around.

Due to the impact of the corona virus on our finances, the Village will need to do these repairs in phases.  When we are able to get started, the first phase will include trip hazards on Avenell, Ashby, Andover, Cromwell, Drummond, DeWitt, Damon, Dayspring, Deerhill, and Chalmers.

We will make a final determination on a start date probably in September – once we are able to review our finances through the month of August.

Winton Road Update

Construction work on Winton Road is progressing well!  Work on the southbound side of Winton Road is almost complete!  The intermediate course of asphalt has been temporarily marked for two-way traffic, and the traffic pattern change has occurred.  PLEASE RESPECT THE NO LEFT TURN SIGNS!  Traffic backs up significantly when a driver chooses to disregard the NO LEFT turn sign and sits at the intersection holding up everyone else.

We expect work to move along pretty quickly on the northbound side.  A top layer of asphalt will do down on the north and south bound lanes at the conclusion of the project.

You may have noticed a new 9-foot wide raised median strip being constructed in the center of Winton Road.  It will be planted with trees to give this section of Winton Road a distinctive look.  The addition of the median was a recommendation of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, the goal being to create a sense that you have arrived in the heart of Greenhills.

There has been some debate on the width of the road.  FYI: when completed, both the north and south bound lanes will be one and a half feet wider than the previous road, for an overall added width of 3 feet.

Town Park

Residents can look forward to a new recreational area in the heart of Greenhills! A new and exciting recreational area will be developed on the grounds of the former Greenhills Golf Course.  A concept plan was developed by landscape architect Todd Wales of the environmental design firm of Vivian Llambi & Associates.  Todd has local roots and as a result, is already familiar with the property.  We asked him to develop a park that first would take advantage of the natural beauty and terrain of the site.  This beautiful land will be an amenity for all of Greenhills!

An interesting note: a town park was part of the federal government’s original plan for that property!  Hence, it will be called “Town Park.”

The park will have paths winding around the picturesque property, all accessible by wheelchair.  The pathways will connect the east side of Greenhills to the Village Center. The design calls for a pond, a natural prairie habitat surrounded by lawns, overlook points, a “natural” amphitheater (also part of the original plan), community gardens, and more!

This beautiful park will be a centerpiece of our community, providing a place to relax and unwind. It will become a focal point of what makes our Village so unique, and another reason why Greenhills’ residents love their great community.

Update on Local Historic District designation process

Work continues on the report to Council regarding the establishment of a local historic district.  The Village hired Historic Preservation Consultant Beth Sullebarger to prepare this report.  To date, 6 property owner meetings have been held for the purposes of discussing possible guidelines, reviewing the designation process, and getting input on the boundaries for a local district.

Commons themes discussed in all 6 meetings included the following:

What are the boundaries of the local historic district?

The boundaries have not yet been determined. The existing National Historic Landmark district boundaries include Greenhills’ original historic district that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, plus Gambier Circle and single-family homes on the west side of Ingram and Farragut, and Damon Road.

The local historic district could include homes built in the 1930s as well as those built in the 1940s, since homes in both time periods exceed the 50-year mark for historic consideration.

Will the shopping center be included in the boundaries?

Yes!  There was consensus in all 6 meetings that – given the importance of the shopping center – it should be included in the boundaries.

Will the value of homes in the local historic district increase?

The value of homes does typically increase in an historic district. This is because there is a high degree of certainty offered through design guidelines that all surrounding homes will be maintained in a similar manner, thus protecting your property investment.

Would design guidelines cover paint color?

There was a consensus in each meeting that paint color should be regulated to the extent that a palette of colors (probably natural/ earth tones) would be permitted and bright primary colors would not. Concern was expressed by residents that just one home painted a hideous color could blight an entire neighborhood.

Would residents have to restore their properties to its original look if changes have already been made?

No. Any existing improvement can remain in place. The design guidelines would only apply going forward.

What if a certain type of item, such as a door or window, cannot be found or would be too costly?

The design guidelines will be drafted in such a manner that a variety of acceptable materials or rehab techniques will be identified and available in a range of prices.

If cost is truly a hardship, that will be taken into consideration.

Who will enforce the guidelines?

The Planning Commission (working with an historic consultant), and zoning and building department officials will be responsible for enforcing the guidelines.

Will the Village be able to restrict small satellite dishes?

No. Per federal regulations, design guidelines WOULD NOT, and legally CANNOT restrict TV dishes / antennas.

Are property owners giving up their rights as an owner?

No. Property owners are gaining an additional level of protection for their own investment, over and above current zoning codes. At the same time, they can insure that quality housing – as intended in the original plan for Greenhills – continues for future generations to use and appreciate.