Giant Eagle last week received approval for changes to the Gahanna store at 1250 N. Hamilton Road.

Giant Eagle last week received approval for changes to the Gahanna store at 1250 N. Hamilton Road.

The planning commission approved a final development plan and certificate of appropriateness for Giant Eagle that includes a 1,036-square-foot addition to the western facade.

Gahanna deputy development director Leah Evans said the new addition would accommodate the store's additional internal storage needs. It will be along the side of Giant Eagle, originally intended for a drive-through pharmacy window.

The drive-through is on the eastern side of the building.

The final development plan called for a parking lot revision, including the relocation of six existing spots from the western side of the building to align with 18 existing spaces facing North Hamilton Road.

After residents and commission members expressed concerns, the plan was revised to eliminate the six parking spaces and install landscaping instead.

Sanctuary Place resident Keith Webster expressed concerns about the effect on the watershed, saying Gahanna already is battling issues.

"If you give them an OK, ask them to put in impervious pavement that would help to some extent what will happen in that area," he said. "In my business career, I was always negotiating for a better deal. Maybe you should negotiate for a better deal with Giant Eagle for impervious pavement."

Melissa Cobb, of MCG Architecture, said Giant Eagle proposes to maintain its existing green space.

"We aren't reducing landscaping but trying to keep what we have," she said.

Commission member Jennifer Price said Giant Eagle already meets parking requirements, so she requested additional green space in place of the six parking spots.

"Their ultimate goal is more space inside," Evans said. "There would still be sufficient parking."

Rosan thanked the residents for their input, saying their comments affected the plan's parking proposal.

The store also received approval for temporary seasonal sidewalk sales in front of the building.

The conditional use for seasonal sidewalk sales was approved with the condition that merchandise displays are no higher than four feet and must maintain a 6-foot minimum aisle width.