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Agler Family Dollar poised for makeover

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The Family Dollar store at 459 Agler Road is expected to undergo a needed facelift on the west side of Gahanna.

Gahanna's Planning Commission is scheduled to look at revised plans for the store from applicant Nick Stratigakes, representing the Atwater Group, on Aug. 14.

The commission provided an extensive list of need improvements in June, when it received a request for a certificate of appropriateness for building design and signs to renovate the existing building.

Some commission members noted the poor conditions of the existing building and site.

The proposal included the installation of a new storefront door system, new paint for the trim and the south brick facade, a new dock with stairs and a new front sign.

Planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard requested additional site improvements, such as painting the existing shingles; cleaning the brick facade; striping the parking lot; upgrading and improving the parking lot lighting; and landscaping the grounds.

She said three proposed trash bins would need to be screened.

The store has had numerous code violations for junk and trash at the rear of the existing Family Dollar store location, according to Gard.

 

Extended-stay hotel

clears another hurdle

During commission action July 24, a final development plan and design review were approved for an extended-stay hotel at 799 Cross Pointe Road by applicant Don Kenney Jr.

The 96-unit extended-stay hotel will be at Taylor Station and Cross Pointe roads, in the Office Commerce and Technology District.

Kenney, representing the Kenney Cos., plans four buildings on about 4.1 acres.

Gard said a revised application from Kenney included additional landscaping on the north.

"We also asked for additional windows on building 1 and 2," she said. "We also talked about building 4 having some additional balconies. They will have balconies on most rooms. There's also a requirement for shingles to be dimensional. Those are the revisions."

Tom Warner, of Advanced Civil Design, told ThisWeek the extended-stay hotel would open for business sometime in mid-2014.

In other action, the commission approved a variance application for Shepherd Church of the Nazarene to allow a total permitted sign area of more than 100 square feet for property at 425 S. Hamilton Road.

Tim Swanson, who's on the pastoral staff, said the church is trying to update and allow buildings to be more user-friendly.

The Shepherd Church campus includes four buildings on two parcels on about 26 acres.

"We have a day care and school," Swanson said. "We're trying to differentiate where to go."

The approved request included face replacement on three existing signs, plus four additional wall signs.

Gard said the new signs identify the worship center and New Life Center.

Although the request is greater than the 100 square feet permitted in a restricted institutional district, she said, many of the signs are interior.

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