Grandview Heights Planning Commission Feb. 16 tabled a request for approval of a major site plan of the building and site at 1050 W. Goodale Blvd.

Grandview Heights Planning Commission Feb. 16 tabled a request for approval of a major site plan of the building and site at 1050 W. Goodale Blvd.

Open Door Art Studio, an adult day rehabilitation center that operates as an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities, is planning to move its operations to the Goodale site.

The studio is a program of Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc. Open Door is now located at 1365 W. First Ave.

The center is purchasing the building on Goodale. In November, the commission granted Columbus Center for Human Services a conditional use and parking variance for the Goodale site.

While pleased with Open Door's plans to move to the Goodale site, commission members expressed concerns about the art studio's plans for the building's exterior.

Commission members suggested the studio could do more to make its operation more noticeable to motorists and pedestrians traveling along Goodale. Suggestions included locating a larger entrance door at the front of the building and enlarging the front windows.

Representatives of the studio agreed to meet in a workshop setting with commission members Robert Wandel and George Acock in advance of the commission's next meeting to review the concerns about the design.

The studio could then present a revised design at the commission's March meeting.

In other business last week, the commission approved three requests relating to Dr. William Thompson's plan to purchase the building and lot adjacent to his Grandview Dental Care practice at 1220 Grandview Ave.

The commission approved a lot consolidation, conditional use to add a residential component to the property and a parking variance to the requirement that there be one parking space for each 200 square feet of building space.

The business brought in by the second dentist he added to his practice two years ago requires additional space, Thompson told the commission.

After he purchases the adjacent property, Thompson is proposing to connect the two structures with an addition.

The dental operations will be held on the first floor and the second floors of the buildings would be converted into four apartments.

The property in question is zoned C-1, Commercial District.

The Grandview Avenue District Plan adopted a number of years ago anticipated redevelopment of many of the properties in the district, director of administration/economic development Patrik Bowman told the commission.

The type of expected redevelopment has not occurred, in part because of the economy, and Thompson's plan fits the residential development pattern on the east side of Grandview Avenue, Bowman said.

"We generally like the use" Thompson is planning, he said. "We're gratified when a business can find a way to expand responsibly and stay in the community."

The commission tabled Thompson's request for approval of a major site plan so more information about a number of issues can be presented.