Firms wanting to build Melissa's House in Gahanna will meet again Wednesday, Feb. 3, with representatives of the city's planning commission.

Firms wanting to build Melissa's House in Gahanna will meet again Wednesday, Feb. 3, with representatives of the city's planning commission.

The project -- a 10-unit apartment complex for adults with mental illnesses -- would be built at 1105 Beecher Crossing North if Pizzuti Cos. and the Community Housing Network could get the zoning on the property changed from limited-overlay suburban office to limited-overlay multi-family residential.

The 2.3-acre property is in close proximity to the condominiums of Courtyard at Beecher Crossing. During both the December and January planning commission meetings, condominium residents spoke in opposition to the zoning change.

The developers since have met with residents in an effort to address some of their concerns.

"I think we've had more time to further clarify their questions," said Anthony Penn, chief operating officer of the Community Housing Network.

One question was about the types of illnesses the residents would have.

"It is housing for persons with mental illness," Penn said.

Initially, the apartment building was not slated to have workers on site to supervise residents. Penn said the developers since have agreed to have one staff person at Melissa's House four hours a day, seven days a week in the evenings to help with meals and socialization.

Besides a zoning change, the building would require two variances: one to cut in half the amount of required parking and one to allow the building to be erected closer to the road than the required setback.

The building is being called Melissa's House as part of the association with Melissa's Foundation. Nate and Elaine Goldberg, whose daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with a mental illness and died, set up the foundation through the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Their mission and that of Melissa's House is to offer a permanent safe haven for adults facing mental health struggles, where they would be offered a comforting, safe environment in which they could regain hope as they reconnect with family, access high-quality treatment and begin on a path toward recovery, according to information at www.melissahouse.org.

The Community Housing Network is a nonprofit housing developer that builds affordable housing for people with disabilities, Penn said.

The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. at Gahanna City Hall. The Feb. 3 meeting is a workshop, which means commission members can't vote on any applications during the meeting.