The Grandview Heights Planning Commission during its Oct. 17 meeting approved a conditional use that will allow the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 683 to move its headquarters to the Columbus Prescription Pharmacy building at 985-999 Goodale Blvd.
The union's relocation, in combination with the Electrical Trades Center of Central Ohio located on the adjacent property, will create "an electrical trade campus, if you will," said John Stock, an attorney representing the union.
That campus setting is the reason why the union wants to purchase and move into the building at 985-999 Goodale Blvd., IBEW business manager Mario Ciardelli said.
The property is zoned M-1 light industrial district, which allows office space, warehouse and storefront among its permitted uses, Director of Administration/Economic Development Patrik Bowman told the commission.
Building department staffers have determined the assembly use the union would bring to the location would require the approval of a conditional use, he said.
The trade center also received permission for a conditional use several years ago, allowing it to move into the adjacent property, Bowman said.
With the commission's approval of the conditional use, the union will prepare a site plan for the building department's review, he said.
The building department will determine whether it is a major or minor site plan; if it is a major site plan, the application will come before the planning commission, Bowman said.
City staff members are confident that about 90 parking spaces can be created on the union's property, especially since there no longer will be any large vehicles at the site, he said.
The trades center has agreed to allow the union to use spaces on its property when additional parking is needed for meetings or other special events, Stock said.
The union will have fewer employees on a daily basis working at the site than Columbus Prescription did, Ciardelli said.
Planning Commission member Tom Komlanc asked how the union could be sure the parking arrangement would hold if the adjacent property changes hands.
The Electrical Trades Center has indicated it has no plans to move, Ciardelli said.
"It's very unlikely one of us would move without the other," he said.
While the union plans no changes to the exterior of the building, there will be a significant renovation of the showroom to covert it into a meeting space, Stock said.
A number of tenants, including a real-estate agent, a marriage counselor and a telephone survey company, all with a small number of employees, occupy office space on the second floor of the building, Ciardelli said.
The owner of Columbus Prescription has told him all of the tenants want to stay in the building, he said.