Burger King called back to reconcile unexpected changes
A Burger King representative is scheduled to return to Gahanna's Planning Commission on Aug. 28 to finalize plans for the remodel of the business at 260 S. Hamilton Road.
The commission is considering a certificate of appropriateness because Burger King didn't adhere to plans that had been approved already.
Planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard said the original approval for the building remodel included cladding of the freezer/cooler in the rear of the building, but that didn't occur.
An exterior concrete patio seating area was added to the front of the building and includes a black metal fence, tables, chairs and umbrellas. Those features weren't on the originally approved plans either.
"We approved a plan a certain way, and it wasn't done," commission chairman Donald Shepherd said.
Bruce Zurek, representing Burger King, said the fast-food chain had some issues with the architect and construction manager.
"The owner of franchise wanted us to have a seating area," he said. "The construction manager reached out to railing people, and we thought it was good to put in railing."
Zurek said the construction manager didn't think the cladding was a big issue during a walk-through. He said the project already was over budget.
"To me, it's a little disheartening to see this after fact," said Thomas Wester, commission member. "I personally feel like it's a big switch. You put in a patio and don't do the back side and save money. The board was given one set of plans, and something else was put in."
Wester said he would hate to have to ask to take out the patio.
"You've been a long-term resident of Gahanna," he said. "I understand your plight, but I find it upsetting. For the record, in the future for your organization and others, you need to be up front when a scope changes on a project."
Planning member Kristin Rosan said she's not offended that the patio was installed.
"The contractor should know a bit better," she said. "It sounds like the contractor could have done better.
"Clearly, the owner spent a great investment ,and we appreciate the investment made," she said. "To leave something not finished detracts from the incredible investment the owner did make."
Rosan said she supports keeping the patio and completing the back of the building so it matches the rest.
"I support painting the enclosure for garbage to match," she said.
Shepherd told Zurek to fix the back so it matches the building as originally approved.
Zurek said the owner of franchise would have to give approval of the commission's requests.
"We're a franchise," he said. "We're the one in the neighborhood creating jobs. We want to be there. Through this difficulty, we have some legal issues. We want to do the right thing and push this over the finish line."
In other commission action, a certificate of appropriateness was approved for building design and signs for renovation of an existing building for Family Dollar, 459 Agler Road.
An application for subdivision without plat also was approved for property at 471 N. Hamilton Road to allow a lot split to create a 1.983-acre parcel to meet parkland dedication requirements.