A special partnership with Krohn Conservatory and Finneytown High School offers special needs students a chance “to bloom” at Warder Nursery

May 12, 2016. Local Cincinnati.

Krohn Conservatory and Warder Nursery (the greenhouses that grow all the plants used in the special exhibits at Krohn as well as plants used in other Cincinnati Parks venues) created a work-study program that offers several special needs students an opportunity to do weekly trips to Warder Nursery with Diana Erdmann, a special education teacher from Finneytown High School.

The students had a “hands-on” experience planting, growing, as well as decorating the cans as planters, and were guided and mentored by the staff at Warder Nursery. “It’s been amazing getting to know these special students and teaching them the basics skills of planting and growing plants,” says Tracy Fryburger, the Warder Nursery florist who ‘cultivated’ the “We Can” outreach program, “watching them learn and enjoy the process has been very rewarding for all of us.”

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Springfield Twp. continues work on master plan update

May 5, 2016. Enquirer Article.

Springfield Township has set two open houses so the public can look over recommendations for the plan update and make comments before they are presented to trustees for adoption.

The open houses are set for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 25, in the Allen Paul Meeting Room of the Springfield Township Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road. There will be displays to help residents see and understand the recommendations being proposed.

At the conclusion of the May 25 open house, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees will meet and conduct a public hearing on the recommendations allowing the public to comment. The board could adopt the recommendations at the meeting.

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Springfield Twp. continues work on master plan update

April 15, 2016. Enquirer Article.

At tables scattered around the Grove Banquet Hall, members of the Neighborhood Master Plan Review Committee looked at a 2016 preliminary plan for the area around the Warder Nursery property last week.

Springfield Township officials are revisiting the Neighborhood Master Plan process, and have appointed a resident committee to consider an update to the township’s Neighborhood Master Plan. The original plan, adopted by the trustees in 2011, provided guidance for the major community projects and overall direction of the township during the past five years.

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Development would destroy Warder Park

March 28, 2016. Letter to the Enquirer.

Please help us save the last wild green space in Springfield Township. Trustees have a shortsighted plan to destroy Warder Park’s biodiversity on its more than 40 acres. They have obtained the services of a major development company. The developer and trustees are enamored with the trendy concept of mixed-use development that would annihilate the green space and animal habitat.

Come experience Warder’s magic. You’ll see ponds full of small golden fish right out of a fairy tale. You’ll have the visceral thrill of seeing great blue herons, red fox, barred owls, snapping turtles, frogs and huge toads, white-tailed deer, geese and ducks, Cooper’s hawks and old oaks on lush green space.

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January 27, 2016 Update from Township

Revitalizing Springfield Township Through a Planned Mixed-Use – Information About Warder

Progress on the Warder Nursery Development in Springfield Township continues. Recent feedback from the community has helped design a project that will greatly improve the existing amenities of the park-like setting and serve the need for a public gathering area with a mixed-use development, potentially consisting of office space, up-scale housing for empty-nesters, and boutique retail.

A critical step in the project took place on January 19th when the Finneytown School Board authorized a potential land-swap agreement with the Township. Through this agreement, The Board of Trustees has the option to trade the parcel of land currently serving as the school playground with Finneytown Schools for the contiguous Township-owned property located adjacent to Whitaker Elementary. This agreement provides a formal option for a collaboration to occur which would provide an appropriate entrance to the development and a safer location for a school playground. The agreement would only be exercised if a mutually beneficial development was confirmed.

As discussed during the December 14th public hearing, the Township’s master-development firm, The St. Francis Group, is continuing to market the site and will visit with potential investors for feedback and consideration. Temporary signs advertising the site’s availability will be posted at the entry points to the property on Winton and North Bend Roads. The signs assist in marketing the proposed development.

Residents can stay informed of the progress on the Warder site by visiting the Township’s website at www.springfieldtwp.org.

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