Gahanna City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 15 to consider rezoning 10 acres on Hamilton Road from single-family residential to limited-overlay multifamily residential.

Gahanna City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 15 to consider rezoning 10 acres on Hamilton Road from single-family residential to limited-overlay multifamily residential.

The Gahanna planning commission July 23 unanimously approved Stonehenge Land Co.'s rezoning request.

The property, at 433, 451, 471, 499, 515, 525 and 531 Hamilton Road, is in north-central Gahanna. The proposed site plan has two- and three-story structures. The three-story buildings are perpendicular to Hamilton Road to reduce the visible impact to Hamilton, according to city planner Matt Huffman.

The proposed entrance off Hamilton Road would be full access until Hamilton is widened. Then it would become a right-in, right-out only.

Stonehenge president Mo Dioun said the company started assembling the properties in the mid-1990s -- fully aware of the Heartland Plan.

Huffman told ThisWeek the Heartland Plan calls for detention measures to alleviate flooding downstream of Sycamore Run. He said proposed plans include a detention pond. The development fits well into the Heartland Plan, he said.

"The type of housing is something the city currently doesn't have, being a type of housing that would attract younger professionals," he said.

He said the idea behind the development is that it would provide young professionals with housing options in Gahanna sooner than they normally would have access to them.

Huffman said the plan also includes some green initiatives for construction.

Dioun told ThisWeek the development calls for condominium or multifamily residences. Developers haven't decided if units would be condos for sale or rent, he said.

"We are trying to create an adult-living, multifamily resident environment to attract young professionals who work in Gahanna or work in communities in the vicinity of Gahanna to live here," he said.

Dioun said a number of people in Gahanna had approached him about offering housing for young professionals. He said the development would be very sophisticated and environmentally attractive.

The units could include some green-building applications. Dioun said developers are considering alternative energy programs to minimize the so-called carbon footprint multifamily housing is said to create.

The development could emphasize energy efficiency and waste management. He said plans call for the development to focus on leaving a lot of natural topography and green space intact.

Dioun said part of the project included accommodating drainage issues in the Gahanna Heights area and help with stormwater flow from the east side of Hamilton Road.

Plans also call for a variety of amenities, including a swimming pool and a clubhouse.

If council approves the rezoning and the planning commission supports the final development plan, construction could begin early next year and be completed sometime in 2010, Dioun said.

Planning commission chairman Dave Thom said the plans are in line with the Heartland Plan created by the commission in 1999. He said the desire was to keep that portion of Hamilton Road residential and preserve as much green space as possible.

The development is a win-win for residents. The condos appear to be first-class, Thom said, with a big retention pond that likely would resolve stormwater issues in the Gahanna Heights area.

"It still keeps everything residential in nature," he said.

The biggest question was about ingress and egress from the proposed roundabout for north Hamilton Road, Thom said. Franklin County officials and city engineer Karl Wetherholt will be responsible for resolving that issue, he said.

"One thing to keep in mind is, this is just a rezoning recommendation to city council," Thom said. "If it is approved by council, Stonehenge will then come back to the planning commission for a final development plan, as well as a design review plan."

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