A passion for quality urbanism led former county planner Matt Obringer into a hands-on role developing a new community unlike any other in southwest Ohio.
As project manager of Union Village, he’s overseeing the groundwork for 1,230 acres that will include up to 4,500 new homes and 1 million square feet of commercial space. He first learned of the unique project while working as senior planner at the Warren County Regional Planning Commission (WCRPC).
“What really appealed to me about this project was its uniqueness to our region,” Obringer said. “It's things like front porches, tree-lined streets, and the ability to walk to the corner store a block away that makes the project special."
Union Village is built on new urban planning principles, including efficient land use, a combination of recreation, residential and commercial spaces, promotion of alternative transportation, and a clear “sense of place” that builds on the site’s natural characteristics and historical architectural significance.
Obringer is licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and worked at WCRPC for six years. He earned a master’s in finance and real estate from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and a bachelor’s in urban studies at Wright State University.
Site development began at Union Village in July 2018 and new home construction will begin late summer 2019. The project is anticipated to build out in 40 to 50 years. The development will encompass a Main Village and several smaller Villages all which will be walkable for the many residents living there.The master plan also includes a 200-acre greenway system of meadows, woodland parks and pathways to connect Union Village to nearby Armco Park and the new Warren County Sports Park. More than 25 percent of the development will be green space.
Union Village Development Company was founded in late 2015 as a wholly owned for profit subsidiary of Otterbein Homes. New Urban Development Partners, LLC, renown for award-winning New Urban Projects will manage the development of Union Village.
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