Urgent care to open at old Huntington bank location
Gahanna residents will have access to a new urgent-care facility at the former Huntington Bank branch on Rocky Fork Boulevard.
Gahanna's Planning Commission on Aug. 28 approved a final development plan, a certificate of appropriateness and a variance application for HealthServe Gahanna Real Estate, 445 Rocky Fork Blvd.
Planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard said HealthServe would double the square footage of the existing building by adding 3,000 square feet, for a total of 6,080 square feet on 1.06 acres.
The variance to the 36-foot parking setback allows the parking to be within eight feet of the public right of way, allowing the expansion of the building toward the street in accord with the Hamilton Road corridor plan, Gard said.
The building addition will be similar to the bank architecture, she said. The exterior finishes will feature a standing-seam metal roof, white stucco to match the existing Belden brick columns and new aluminum storefront windows.
The facility will have 42 parking spaces, with lot coverage being less than 75 percent.
"They hope to have services dealing with wellness," Gard said. "They plan to make the most of the space they have. This is something in the Hamilton Road corridor plan of things they expect to happen."
Landscaping will be added, including about 27 new trees. An herb garden also is planned for the north edge of the parking area.
Applicant Mike Bourland said he's excited about the location.
"We will have urgent care and physical therapy," he said. "We don't have a solid planned use yet for the basement. We hope to have community events, health fairs and some sort of smoking cessation and wellness in the basement."
This marks the second Columbus location for HealthServe, Bourland said. A facility opened in Hilliard in 2009.
"I think it's a great use of the building," said Dave Andrews, commission member. "Thanks for the herb garden."
In other matters, the commission scheduled a Sept. 4 workshop to further discuss a final development plan and certificate of appropriateness for the Hamilton Road Apartments, 471 N. Hamilton Road.
The 180-unit apartment complex on an 8.83-acre parcel is proposed by Dublin-based Lead Building Co. The complex includes three buildings occupying 252,679 square feet with 360 parking spaces.
Commission chairman Donald Shepherd said the property was zoned for apartments five years ago.
"We're not here to discuss if apartments are appropriate for the land," he said.
Gard said homes previously were on the property, but all of them have been demolished, and it's currently barren.
She said the lot coverage is well-under the maximum for limited-overlay multifamily residential development.
"The lighting plan is very residential in nature," she said. "The landscape plan is extensive along the perimeter, and there are plantings for different buildings."
The exterior of the buildings are stucco and stone.
Applicant Terry Andrews said plans for the two- and three-story apartment buildings were submitted months ago for input.
"We responded to comments in a positive manner to met requirements dealing with stormwater management and landscaping," he said.
He said the luxury apartments feature elevators to meet the needs of older residents.
"We hope to have a mix of users," Andrews said.
The complex also includes a one-story community center with a swimming pool.
Resident Gene Brugger said his property abuts the project. He said he's most concerned about appropriate setbacks. He said it's difficult for him to judge the setback from the submitted plans.
Other residents said the project is too dense for the neighborhood.
A certificate of appropriateness for changes to the exterior finish and outdoor seating at Burger King, 260 S. Hamilton Road, was postponed to Sept. 11.