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Village mulls rezoning that would allow new businesses

Dublin Road building could house kitchen, microbrewery


Marble Cliff Village Council is considering rezoning the former Custom Coach property at 1400 Dublin Road and 2299 Cardigan Ave. to allow redevelopment of the site by the property's new owner.

Brad DeHays has purchased the property and plans to move two businesses he owns into the front building at 1400 Dublin Road.

DeHays owns Mid-Ohio Contractor Services, which specializes in historic renovations, and Connect Realty.

Leases already have been signed with other businesses that also plan to move into the front building, DeHays told Village Council.

Park Ops, a high-end valet service, will occupy about 2,000 square feet in the building, he said.

Most of the company's 100 employees are part time and work at various sites providing valet service, DeHays said. The company's owner and three staff members will work out of the Dublin Road site.

About half the space in the building will be occupied by Riverside Leasing Co., a food commissary business that operates at least 15 food trucks.

The company will use the space as a test kitchen for dishes that would be prepared and served out of the food trucks, DeHays said.

It also would operate a microbrewery that would make 750 barrels, or 1,500 kegs, of beer each year, he said.

DeHays said his offices will be located next to the kitchen and brewery operation, so he has taken steps to make sure they will not result in overbearing odors or noise.

The nearest residences are located at least 150 yards away and should not be bothered by odors or noise coming from the building, he said.

The rear building at 2299 Cardigan Ave. will be the new home of Rock Solid Academy, a cheerleading and gymnastics school.

The academy has been operating out of a recreation center in Upper Arlington since moving out of its former location in Arlingate Plaza in May, head coach and owner Kelley Capretta said.

Rock Solid is the home training facility for the Upper Arlington and Grandview middle school and high school cheerleading squads, she said.

Council approved a use variance as an emergency measure for the Cardigan Avenue building to allow Rock Solid to begin moving in as soon as possible.

A quick approval of the variance was needed to make sure the academy is operating in time for the opening of the school year next month, Capretta said. Teams will begin competition in October.

The academy's clients "have been loyal and patient" during the search for a new permanent location, she said.

Council heard a first reading of an ordinance to adopt minor amendments to the Dublin/Cardigan property's Planned Development District zoning. The amendments would be considered a rezoning, although the property's zoning classification would not change.

Most significantly, the zoning text would be amended to allow the food commissary and microbrewery operations to move into the Dublin Road building.

Council agreed to waive the first step of the rezoning process -- the approval of a nonbinding concept plan -- because DeHays already had presented the village with everything that would have been required in that stage.

The process next moves to a preliminary development plan, which council may consider combining with the third and final stage -- a final development plan -- at the second reading of the ordinance.

A public hearing also would be scheduled, likely at the third reading of the ordinance.

In other village business, council approved a tax abatement for Zipline Logistics, which will move into the Babbage Simmel building at 2300 W. Fifth Ave.

The agreement will give the company a five-year, 50 percent tax abatement on the new employees it plans to hire. The abatement would not apply to the 24 employees already working for Zipline.