Gahanna City Council's development and parks committee decided Monday that there might not be a problem issuing partial-occupancy permits for portions of Creekside.

Gahanna City Council's development and parks committee decided Monday that there might not be a problem issuing partial-occupancy permits for portions of Creekside.

Chief building official Kenneth Fultz told the committee that a contractor is waiting on final payment for work done there, pending issuance of a final occupancy permit. But Fultz said final occupancy permits are usually issued in multitenant buildings after all issues are resolved and spaces are built in line with the city building code.

Sadicka White, Gahanna development director, said Fultz could wait to issue a final occupancy permit until all residential and commercial spaces in the Creekside development are completed. But, she said, the city has issued partial occupancy permits in the past as multitenant buildings are developed.

Fultz said he would be comfortable releasing a partial occupancy permit for the space, requesting that unresolved issues in that part of the development be resolved within 30 days.

Creekside is a three-building, mixed-use development in the older portion of Gahanna on Mill Street, along Big Walnut Creek. The project includes commercial facilities, residential condominiums and an underground parking garage. The project includes nearly 200,000 square feet of space, which is being developed by the Stongehenge Company.

Fultz said the development is complex because residential condominiums, for example, in what is known as building A, are tied to the underground parking garage. In that case, the final occupancy permit cannot be issued until the underground garage is made accessible to handicap vans.

Some commercial and residential spaces already have been developed and have partial-occupancy permits.

Anthony Jones, the city's assistant development director, said the space requiring a final occupancy permit is safe, and Fultz confirmed there are no serious life or safety hazards that would prevent him from issuing a partial-occupancy permit.

White said the contractor will need to negotiate for payment after the partial-occupancy permit is issued.