The developer of a Midas Automotive service shop planned on a two-acre lot on the southeast corner of Galloway Drive and Sawmill Parkway expects to break ground in 60 days.

The developer of a Midas Automotive service shop planned on a two-acre lot on the southeast corner of Galloway Drive and Sawmill Parkway expects to break ground in 60 days.

Construction will be complete in "about five to six months," developer Randy Katz of Equity Land Investments told ThisWeek.

Powell City Council on May 18 approved the shop's final development plan. The property currently is a vacant field.

The 6,000-square-foot building will be constructed of "brick and stone on all four sides," and be "consistent in design with surrounding properties." The parking lot will have "low-luminance lighting," said city development director Dave Betz.

The property was zoned commercial in the 1990s and was annexed into the city from Liberty Township in 2005, documents show.

The project eventually will add two other buildings to the lot, a 3,600-square-foot office building and a 2,200-square-foot quick service restaurant or retail user. Plans for those buildings would come under a separate application.

Powell's planning and zoning commission approved the Midas shop in April after working a number of months with the developer to address the concerns of neighbors in a condominium community, Village of Clermont.

The condo community is north of the Midas property, across Galloway Drive. It is in Liberty Township and not within city limits.

Condo residents are concerned about noise and traffic the shop might bring.

Councilman Don Grubbs told condo residents at the May 18 meeting that the city by law could not deny the Midas construction.

"As a council, we don't have the luxury or the burden of picking and choosing property owners or uses, except within our codified ordinances. ... If a property owner desires a particular use for their property and it is permitted under our ordinances there are limited things we can do, and saying 'no' is not one of them," Grubbs said. "It's not as though council chooses one business over another. We are limited by those laws of what we can and can't do."

To address concerns about noise, the city is requiring the developer to install more landscaping than required by code on the north side of the property in the area across the street from the condo community. The landscaping also must be in beds raised three to five feet, to provide "good visibility and a screening buffer for the neighbors," documents show.

Council's approval also included a condition that the property owner will work with the city to find resolutions should "a noise issue arise."

City code provides for addressing "objectionable noises as determined by the zoning administrator."

Betz said the city has been able to resolve all previous concerns even though the "ordinance can be possibly identified as being vague because it's leaving it up to the zoning administrator what's objectionable.

"I think it is flexible enough to handle situations where you're not infringing too much on a property owner's right to use the property, yet you're able to keep the noise down to what would be a non-objectionable type of situation," Betz said.

The plan was developed to minimize the impact of noise, particularly on residents of the condominium community, Katz has said.

Regarding the traffic, council said the city is aware of traffic problems related to vehicles on Galloway Drive trying to access Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road.

They said the city staff will talk with the Liberty Township and Delaware County engineer Chris Bauserman's office to see what remedies might be available in the future.