German Village Gazette

German Village store’s request for parking variance irks neighbors


Julia D’Elia said she simply wants to create a comfortable first-floor wine bar for her regular customers, most of whom live in the neighborhood.

But a request for a parking variance at Hausfrau Haven, her German Village carryout, has upset some of her neighbors, who said they fear the project will bring in more customers and make the local parking situation worse.

Columbus City Council Monday, Dec. 17, tabled D’Elia’s request for the variance and urged her to smooth things over with critics of her plan.

The variance would give her a break on six spaces at Hausfrau Haven, 769 S. Third St.

D’Elia argues that she’s merely moving the bar from the basement to the first floor, making it easier on some of her older patrons.

She said there is plenty of on-street parking and most of her regulars live within walking distance.

But Ronald Remy, who lives on South Third not far from the store, disagrees.

“Plainly and simply, we have issues now,” Remy said.

For more on this story, see the Jan. 3 edition of the ThisWeek German Village Gazette.