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Cottrel: Developer returns to his roots

Sometimes we forget that the lands where our houses are built were once fields of corn or wheat. We forget that cattle once grazed the lawns we now mow.

Oh, there are reminders. Subdivisions are sometimes named after the farmer who once worked that land or the street we live on bears the name of the original settler.

Luckily, some of us remember. I was talking to Cal Hahn the other day.

Cal grew up on a farm between Enon and Fairborn. His parents were Charlie and Martha Hahn, who are still remembered for their involvement in the community. The Hahn farm eventually became Holiday Valley.

He remembers playing in the fields and skating on Mud Run with his friends, the children who lived on the neighboring farms. The neighboring farm became Hunter’s Glen.

Parts of the Arthur farm became the shopping area at the corner of Stine and Dayton roads. The Willows at Winding Creek and Creekside Condominiums are now along the creek where Hahn played on the Arthur farm, and the field behind it is zoned to eventually be a subdivision.

Hahn, who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., frequently returns to this area to keep an eye on his latest real estate development project, Creekside Condominiums. Hahn recently acquired the property and wants to complete the condominium development in a grand way that contributes positively to the community.

“I look at it as I’m returning to my roots. I am who I am because of my mother and father and the foundation this rural life in Enon gave me,” said Hahn.

Hahn explained that he has assembled a group of professionals who are dedicated to making this a quality housing project with upgrades and custom work that will make Creekside one of the more desirable addresses in the area. Energy efficiency, elegance and maintenance-free living are high on their list of priorities.

The condominiums are located on a bank above Mud Run, but are close enough to enjoy birding, fishing or just taking a walk along the creek. On the other side of the property, the condominiums are also within walking distance of shopping, banking, doctor’s offices and the Willows at Winding Creek.

Located off Hunter’s Creek Road, adjacent to Hunter’s Glen, and behind Drug Mart, Creekside currently has 36 units, but eventually will grow to 59. The centrally located clubhouse has a swimming pool and exercise room. Three condominiums will be available soon. Contact 937-340-6078 or visit for more information.

I took a tour of one of the available units and was impressed by the special touches and the roominess of the floor plan. The openness along the south side of the project and views of the creek were especially nice.

Hahn’s vision of a condominium community that compliments its neighbors and environment, and fosters a sense of community, appears to be working. I think Martha and Charlie would be pleased.

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