Hudson -- Trails of Hudson, owned by Redwood Management Co., celebrated its grand opening May 3. Residents will begin moving in the leased units mid-May.
Officials and residents toured two of the units as David Conwill, chief development officer, Steve Kimmelman, president of Redwood Management Co., Bill Hance, construction manager and Mayor William Currin cut the ribbon for the properties.
Currin said former owners of the property, Marty Erbaugh and his partner Perry Bourne first proposed a 55 years and older development in 2006 and worked with the city on the concept.
Redwood Management purchased the land and in 2011 proposed the Trails of Hudson, a 172-unit for seniors 55 and older.
The 34 acres forms a triangle along the MetroParks, serving Summit County bike and hike trail in south Hudson with entrances on Hudson Drive and Norton Road.
"We thank Redwood for making this their premier project," Currin said. "We have a number of residents who have a need to downsize and now they won't have to move out of town."
Trails of Hudson provides a diversity of housing stock that fills a need for seniors, Currin said.
Conwill congratulated his entire team and the city of Hudson who worked with them through the process to bring the project to fruition.
"The city of Hudson, [Community Development Director] Mark Richardson and [former Community Development Director] Tom King did an awesome job working with us," Conwill said. "We didn't have this unit designed yet when we started the process, and it was the culmination of everyone's efforts."
Currin said the project illustrates how the city has streamlined their approval process for building developments without changing the city's high standards.
"We help people work through the strict standards," Currin said. "We're hearing it now time and time again from those going through the process -- it's easier."
The Trails of Hudson units for 55 and older are a standard for Redwood properties and will be used as an example to other communities, Conwill said.
Communications Manager Jody Roberts said Hudson didn't have much to offer for residents who want to downsize and reduce maintenance of property.
"I think its a great opportunity for Hudson," said City Manager Anthony Bales. "They are beautiful units, and I think they'll go very quickly."
Residents can stay in Hudson when they downsize, Bales said.
The 83 units in phase 1 will be completed by August with residents moving in as work is completed, said Jeff Ondo, vice president of operations. The second phase with an additional 89 units for a total of 172 is anticipated to be completed in early 2014.
The leasing office is located nearest to Hudson Drive and buildings have clusters of units from two to four with three variations to the floor plans.
Each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an attached two-car garage, granite counter tops, hardwood floors, optional dens and on site management, according to Marge Hovan, property manager.
The on site maintenance and manager for all the properties provides outside landscaping, all snow removal and indoors maintenance such as replacing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries and furnace filters, Hovan said.
The location of the units is next to the Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, Ondo said. Redwood Management will provide a parking area at the Norton Road entrance near the trail. Some parking already exists at the Hudson Drive entrance to the trail.
Trails of Hudson decorator, Natalie Siegel, decorated the two homes on the tour and will help residents downsize from a larger home into the smaller space.
"A lot of people don't know what furniture will fit," Siegel said. "I tell them what to bring."
Siegel also helps them sell furniture they don't want anymore at consignment shops and as a real estate broker, she can help sell their home.