A proposed rezoning could bring an additional 14,500 square feet of commercial development to the Perimeter Drive area.
Dublin City Council this week heard the first reading of a rezoning and preliminary development plan for a new commercial development on 2.9 acres on the north side of Perimeter Drive between Avery-Muirfield and Hospital drives.
The rezoning would change the 2.9 acres from planned commerce district to planned unit development district.
The land is part of a 24-acre planned commerce development "rezoned in 2004 to allow a mix of office, medical office, daycare, retail and restaurant in three subareas," a staff report to council states.
Portions of the area have already been developed and include Matt the Miller, Huntington, Champaign Bank, several medical offices and Primrose School daycare.
The proposal would mean office, bank, daycare and institutional uses for the new building, as well as up to 11,000 square feet of restaurant space and 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining.
Paul Ghidotti of the Dailmer Group said developing the 3 acres of land has been challenging, but there is interest in the proposed building.
"We have very good interest right now," Ghidotti told council members.
"We have not gone to signing anything yet, because we want to make sure you're OK with it ... There is a need in this area for more food service operators."
The same group also developed the Shoppes at Avery, Ghidotti said, so the architecture of the proposed building will look very similar.
Council members are expected hear the second and final reading of the rezoning and preliminary development plan Jan. 28.
In other council news, Dublin police officer Paul Ricca was honored at the Jan. 14 meeting for receiving an Award of Excellence from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said Ricca is the department leader in OVI enforcement.
Sgt. Craig Hungler was also honored with the Award of Merit Jan. 14.
According to von Eckartsberg, Hungler is part of a group that counsels first responders and has traveled to New York after 9-11, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, to Newtown, Conn., after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Hungler thanked the city for the award and the chance to help first responders in their time of need.
In his time on the critical response unit for Ohio, Hungler said he has received the President's merit awards.
He presented one to von Eckartsberg and City Council "in recognition of the work that you all give me in caring for police officers throughout the country."