The Gahanna Planning Commission on March 14 approved development plans for Tim Hortons, a Circle K gas station and a retail center at the northeast corner of Morrison and South Hamilton roads.

The Gahanna Planning Commission on March 14 approved development plans for Tim Hortons, a Circle K gas station and a retail center at the northeast corner of Morrison and South Hamilton roads.

The commission's approval allows for a 1.37-acre redevelopment at 360 S. Hamilton Road with a 1,953-square-foot Tim Hortons and 4,000-square-foot Circle K and retail building at Southgate Crossing.

Commission members approved a conditional use to allow a drive-through at Tom Hortons and a final development plan for the site.

According to planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard, all buildings on the site will be removed. A revised plan from applicant Sean Sanford of Massillon Realty Investments eliminated a previously proposed third 2,000-square-foot retail building, she said.

The site plan also was revised to reconfigure the parking circulation, add more plants to the landscape and adjust elevations to reflect the removal of the third retail building, Gard said.

Scott Messing, representing Tim Hortons' real estate department, said all suggestions from a recent planning workshop were taken into consideration and implemented in the revised plan.A right-in, right-out drive was added at the southern entrance from Hamilton Road, he said.

In addition, a monument sign that incorporates the Gahanna "G" was added at the front of the development. The "G" is Gahanna's gateway symbol that is visible at entrances into Gahanna.

"With the landscape plan, we increased plantings and added the monument-like 'welcome to Gahanna,'" Messing said.

More trees also were added along the north side of the Tim Hortons building, Messing said.

Circle K real estate representative Bill Bishop said the parking configuration was changed to improve the internal traffic flow.

Commission members applauded the changes made to the redevelopment.

"We asked for a lot," David Thom said. "You lowered the density by eliminating a building. It's a difficult piece of property to work with."

The addition of the Gahanna "G" really "took the cake," he said.

"It will be a nice entry coming from the north," Thom said. "This is great. We asked for a lot and you delivered. It's a great focal point for Gahanna and I think residents will support it."

The revised plan is much better than what was originally presented, commission member Thomas Wester said.

"You did a great job working with us," he said. "It's a vast improvement from what you originally brought."

David Andrews complimented the landscape plantings.

"You're taking an ugly corner and making it really nice," he said. "I think residents will appreciate it."