Dublin City Council has approved rezoning that will lead to construction of a Kumon Learning Center on West Dublin-Granville Road.

Dublin City Council has approved rezoning that will lead to construction of a Kumon Learning Center on West Dublin-Granville Road.

Council on Monday night unanimously approved rezoning about a half acre from suburban residential to planned unit development for a 5,000-square-foot commercial development.

The rezoning is in keeping with the community plan, said development department case worker Rachel Ray.

"The community plan designates this land as general commercial," she told council. "The proposed rezoning is in line with future development."

The development, on the northwest corner of West Dublin-Granville and David roads, will have 22 parking spaces and access from David Road.

Construction will start as soon as possible, and the owner said he hopes to have the building finished by May 2011.

In other news, council heard the first reading of legislation to rezone 24 acres bordered by Perimeter Drive and Post and Holt roads.

The site, owned by WD Partners, includes two buildings of about 337,000 square feet that are currently zoned for limited manufacturing.

Zoning department case worker Claudia Husak said the rezoning would give the site "more modern uses." The site was previously used for the manufacturing of CDs, but has the technology for uses such as assembly, data processing, a call center and distribution.

Economic development director Dana McDaniel said the new rezoning would give the site a better chance to be leased, bringing additional business and income into the city.

"This area is at a disadvantage because of limited use," he told council members. "Higher-tech uses mean higher paying jobs."

WD Partners representative Ben Hale told council he had met with residents of the neighboring Heatherstone condominiums to discuss ways to screen homes from the development.

WD Partners will agree to add fences and more landscaping on the Heatherstone side of the road for screening, Hale said.

Condominium board member Carl Karrer said there were problems with notifying neighboring residents when the rezoning went before the planning and zoning commission, but he "appreciated" that screening efforts were being made.

The rezoning will go before council for a public hearing and vote at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Council also approved the annexation of 5.66 acres into Dublin from Jerome Township.

"This site is surrounded by Dublin," city law director Stephen Smith told council at the first reading of the ordinance. "This is in keeping with bringing islands (into the city)."

Council also approved a bid of $341,200 from Strawser Paving for the fourth phase of renovations at Avery Park.

Fred Hahn, director of parks and open space, said the bid includes walking paths around basketball courts and replacing fencing.