Gatsby's patrons will be able to enjoy patio improvements at the 151 N. Hamilton Road business this summer.

Gatsby's patrons will be able to enjoy patio improvements at the 151 N. Hamilton Road business this summer.

Gahanna's Planning Commission on Jan. 25 unanimously approved a certificate of appropriateness for landscaping at the property, including a new fence.

Terry Killilea of Warwick's Landscaping said the fence would be constructed of stone and wrought iron to replace the existing wood fence that's in disrepair.

Flower planters will be hung off the front wall, he said.

The landscaping will include annual plantings, with nothing taller than 12 inches.

Two trees that block the line of sight for traffic will be removed during the work, Killilea said.

Commission member Dave Andrews said he is thrilled with the proposed improvements.

"It's something that needed (to be) done for the property," he said. "I think it will be beautiful."

A second phase of improvements is in the planning stage and includes new siding, Killilea said.

"He (owner Doug Vance) wants to stay with the scarlet-and-gray theme," he said. "We'll do this first and then come back." Commission member David Thom said Gatsby's is one of Gahanna's oldest businesses, and he's glad Vance is investing in the future.

Deputy development director Leah Evans said plans from the Hamilton Road corridor committee are expected to be brought to the commission in the coming weeks.

The commission also postponed to Feb. 8 a variance request by Diann Nelson-Houser, regarding parking spaces at 104 N. Stygler Road.