Rocky Fork Enterprise

Extended-stay hotel planned for Cross Pointe

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Plans are expected to be finalized July 24 for a 96-unit extended-stay hotel at Taylor Station and Cross Pointe roads, in Gahanna's Office Commerce and Technology District.

Developer Don Kenney Jr., representing the Kenny Cos., has proposed a four-building, extended-stay hotel on about 4.1 acres at 799 Cross Pointe Road.

Planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard told the Planning Commission on July 10 that all building and parking setback requirements have been met.

The main entry is the one closest to Taylor Station Road, with a secondary shared-access drive at the east end of the property.

Gard said the exterior finishes of the three-story, 24-unit buildings are shake siding, stone veneer, stucco siding and asphalt shingle. All are neutral in color. She said the landscape plan is extensive; however, additional plantings should be extended along the north property perimeter behind a garage and a building to provide a visual barrier between the building and the Titan Electric property to the east.

Todd Faris, representing Faris Planning & Design, said wetlands are to the north, but an additional buffer could be added with evergreens.

"We're looking at 96 suites on site, a community area as well as a pool for people staying there," he said. "There's also a garage area for vehicles or storage space as well."

Faris said the hotel would feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, with 75 percent being two-bedroom.

In a staff report, Police Chief Dennis Murphy said video surveillance of the premises would be required to combat the high number of theft from motor vehicles and other crimes in the area.

"As far as video surveillance, my client will definitely take that into consideration," Faris said. "My client wants it to be a safe place for residents to live in."

Commission member Tom Wester asked about the traffic impact of the hotel.

Tom Warner, representing Advanced Civil Design, said a traffic analysis had been done for trip generation, showing 49 vehicles in the morning peak and 51 during the afternoon-evening peak.

"That's a 30-percent reduction from what was approved a few years ago," Warner said. "Cross Pointe was designed for a previous application. We're less of an impact in moving things forward. (City engineer) Karl (Wetherholt) seemed in agreement this traffic analysis was good for the application."

Commission member David Andrews asked if extended-stay hotels are a growing market.

"It has been occurring across the region the last four or five years," Faris said. "Everyone has come to a comfort level. People aren't rushing to do them. My client still saw this area as a need."

Andrews said he recently talked to people with the need to stay at a place for just a couple of months.

"I think it's a great use for the property," he said.

Andrews asked about 24-hour security.

"I don't think there's a 24-hour resident manager," Faris said. "Typically, someone is on site during the day."

The applicant is scheduled to bring elevation changes to a workshop scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, prior to the commission voting on the plan during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

In other action, the commission approved signs for Hunters Ridge Mall at 304-368 N. Hamilton Road.

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