A plan for Eastside Urologic Center of Excellence was approved last week, and city officials hope other businesses will follow.

A plan for Eastside Urologic Center of Excellence was approved last week, and city officials hope other businesses will follow.

The Gahanna Planning Commission approved the business' final development plans at 701 Tech Center Drive on Aug. 24, setting the stage for development of a 78-acre site known as the Buckles tract.

The Eastside Center for Urologic Excellence, operated by the Central Ohio Urology Group, will be on a 2.8-acre site within Tech Center Commons, south of I-270 at Hamilton Road.

"I said a few weeks ago that this was the catalyst for Tech Center," commission member David Thom said. "You're the charter member of Buckles. We've been looking for quality and you're the start of it with the design and landscaping. It looks fantastic."

Trivium Development is developing the site, and company representative Tim Spencer said the bar has been set with the project's screening, street trees, architecture and stormwater management.

The $8.5-million, 40,000-square-foot medical office facility will be two stories of brick and stone with metal accents. The landscaping plans exceed requirements.

"The landscape plans are beautiful," commission member David Andrews said. "I don't see any herbs. We push for that with Gahanna being the herb capital."

Commission member Joe Keener said the landscape plan is extensive.

"They included catnip and Siberian sage," he said. "It could also be incorporated in annual beds. They have already incorporated some."

The building shows strong design, he said.

"I agree they've raised the bar," commission member Robert Westwood said. "It will be quality development."

The facility is expected to house 86 employees, including doctors and administrative and support staff, with an estimated annual payroll totaling $8.2 million.

The Tech Center bridge and road improvements are scheduled to be completed in October, and development director Anthony Jones said he hopes the medical facility is the first of many developments to come.

In other commission action, a variance, final development plan and design review were approved for Shred-It at 1370 Research Drive.

Tom Warner, of Advanced Civil Deign, said Shred-It is an expanding business that has been in Gahanna for about eight years.

"They would like to grow," he said. "They've run out of room in their storage facility."

The commission approved a final development plan to build three 24-by-82-foot accessory structures that would secure documents to be shredded. The buildings will be on the northwest corner of the property.