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Grandview Yard development

Medical building awaits nod from Columbus leaders

Building will straddle border between cities; work on area's infrastructure nearly complete

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

One down, one to go.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission last month granted a certificate of appropriateness review and approval of a proposed new medical building in the Grandview Yard development.

Because the building site on West Third Avenue straddles the border between Grandview and Columbus, the plan also must be approved by Columbus city officials.

As part of its vote at its Sept. 18 meeting, the planning commission encouraged Columbus to approve the plan and grant a variance to allow the building site to be extended into the public right of way.

Columbus also should give its approval because the planned building "fits in wonderfully with the overall Grandview Yard plan," planning commission Chairman Bob Wandel said.

The commission also approved a lot split and consolidation.

OhioHealth has signed a 10-year lease to operate an urgent-care center in the new building, NRI President and COO Brian Ellis said.

The developer hopes to attract another medical use to the 10,000-square-foot building, he said.

The building will be located adjacent to the planned Giant Eagle store, Ellis said.

"We expect to do another building in this location and expect it to be a high-end, sit-down restaurant," he said.

The restaurant would provide the kind of retail that will be attractive to people living and working in the Yard development, Ellis said.

"We're very pleased with the progress we're making along Third Avenue," he said.

The infrastructure improvements should be complete before the end of October, Ellis said.

The streetscape planned for the Third Avenue portion of the Yard will "have a very distinctive feel," he said.

Low stone walls will be built to help obscure parking, and the area will feature brick sidewalks and larger trees to present "a great pedestrian-friendly environment," Ellis said.

About 76 percent of the medical building will sit inside the city of Columbus.

The distribution of property taxes from the building will be made based on what percentage of the site sits within Columbus or Grandview, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

The income-tax distribution will be based on where employees are working within the building, he said.

As with past agreements in similar situations with Columbus, the municipality in which the majority of the building sits would handle inspections and construction oversight, DeGraw said.