Local golfers soon might be able to enjoy a heated driving range and pavilion at the Golf Village of Central Park, 789 Science Blvd.

Local golfers soon might be able to enjoy a heated driving range and pavilion at the Golf Village of Central Park, 789 Science Blvd.

The Gahanna Planning Commission on April 11 approved a final development plan and certificate of appropriateness for covered tees at the Golf Village, at the southeast corner of Claycraft and Science Boulevard.

Planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard said the 10-stall driving range and 55-plus-seat pavilion would add an approximately 2,619-square-foot structure to the complex.

It would feature rolling track doors, and thermoplastic polymer windbreaks would make it a year-round usable building.

The building style and exterior finishes would match those of the existing golf depot, and landscaping would be provided along the east side of the building.

"This will provide year-round capabilities for the golf club," Gard said. "It's a wonderful addition. I think it will bring others for a meeting place and events."

Project manager Dwight McCabe said the concept is multi-dimensional to meet the desire of an all-weather environment for driving golf balls year-round. Additionally, he said, it would provide needed additional seating at the complex.

"Part of the objective from day 1 was to have additional seating," he said. "There's also a need to store golf carts. This facility is designed so golf carts can be put away at night."

He said architect Thomas Shapaka designed the facility. The developer is Depot Golf Center, and the landowner is the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp.

The new structure is financed and ready to go, McCabe said. He said it likely would be open for business in about two months.

Commission member David Andrews said he was "blown away" when he saw the plans for the facility.

"It's really nice," he said. "I showed some friends the plans, and they were amazed and thought it was absolutely beautiful." Andrews said he doesn't play golf, but he has thought about taking up the sport so he could use the new facility.

"I was very impressed," he said.

Commission member David Thom said he couldn't think of a better place to have a drink and view downtown Columbus.

"It keeps getting better and better there," he said. "The view over downtown Columbus - I don't know anywhere around as good as that."