The Grandview Heights Planning Commission approved preliminary plans for roadway and utility work for phase 3 and phase 4 of the Grandview Yard development at its Nov. 16 meeting.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission approved preliminary plans for roadway and utility work for phase 3 and phase 4 of the Grandview Yard development at its Nov. 16 meeting.

The developer, Nationwide Realty Investors, sought review and approval by the commission before it proceeds with detailed engineering for the projects. Construction of the roadway and utility work is planned for 2012.

The plans set the specific alignments of Yard Street, Williams Avenue, the extension of Bobcat Avenue and the future alignment of Burrell Avenue.

The plats for both phases are consistent with the street alignments identified in the framework for the Grandview Commerce Mixed Use zoning district, in which the Yard development lies, said Patrik Bowman, director of administration/economic development.

The plans for the phase 3 area include extending Bobcat Avenue and narrowing Yard Street to two lanes with on-street parking.

A raised, heavily planted median will be installed on this section of Yard to better accommodate mixed uses on both sides of the street.

“Yard Street will be the iconic street, the spine through the development,” said Jim Rost of NRI.

Williams Avenue will be slightly realigned to go around the Capital Wholesale building. The realignment will require that some of the existing right of way on the south side of Williams be vacated and additional right of way dedicated along the north side.

NRI and the city are in negotiations with Capital Wholesale for vacating Higgs Avenue, Bowman said. The plan is to deed the vacated right of way of Higgs to Capital for a parking lot.

“We’re close, but not there yet,” he said.

If Higgs is vacated, residential townhouse development would be planned for the block. If Higgs is not vacated, the land uses would likely be small office.

Phase 4 will extend Yard Street from Williams Avenue to the city’s north corporation line. The median would be extended on Yard to Burrell Avenue. North of Burrell the median will be replaced with a middle turn lane.

Land uses between Williams and Burrell could be a combination of office and residential and north of Burrell are likely to be retail.

Third Avenue will be widened on both the east and west sides of the railroad bridge. NRI has submitted an Ohio Public Works Commission grant application to help pay for the widening of West Third Avenue.

The city of Columbus will make major improvements to the storm and sanitary utilities ahead of the widening.

The railroad bridge is still planned to be widened, as well.

In other business, the commission approved two sign requests from NRI for the building at 775 Yard St.

The first sign will be a non-illuminated ground sign in front of the building that will display the names of tenants in the office building.

The second sign will be a wall sign that will display the name of the building’s major office tenant, Willis of Ohio.

Willis will be moving from its Upper Arlington location and occupy 22,000 square feet of the second floor at 775 Yard.

The space is now under construction and Willis plans to move in by the first of the year.