Grove City Council was expected to vote to approve outdoor seating at a town center restaurant and a McDowell Road drive-through liquor store at its Feb. 22 meeting.

Grove City Council was expected to vote to approve outdoor seating at a town center restaurant and a McDowell Road drive-through liquor store at its Feb. 22 meeting.

The city planning commission recommended approval for both ordinances, clerk of council Tami Kelly said.

A new restaurant at 3985 Broadway in the town center at the former home of Josiah's Restaurant, is seeking a special permit for outdoor seating.

"There's kind of a driveway that runs between it and the old hardware store, and they're proposing to put in a restaurant with outdoor seating wrapping around the building through what now looks like a drive aisle," Kelly said.

"Their property line goes to the center of the space, and they're proposing to close that off and use it for outdoor seating."

Planning commission members placed a few stipulations on their recommendation for approval. The restaurant must follow the city's landscape code. Umbrellas used on the patio must not include signs of any kind, and no music may be piped onto the patio.

"We want to make sure everything is complimentary to keep the flavor of the town center," Kelly said.

In addition, the owners must remove the curb cut in that area to make it clear to motorists that the driveway is now closed.

The planning commission also recommended approval for a special use permit allowing Buckeye Beverage Bay & Fine Wine to have a drive-through at 4170 McDowell Road.

"There's a car wash on one side of it and the drive-through would be in the center section of the building," Kelly said. "With one of the bays already having a car wash in it, evidently they felt this had the circulation it needed. This will use that same circulation to come in, around and out through the front."

In other business, council will vote on an amendment to the section of the codified ordinances relating to the appeal of board decisions and a resolution endorsing the renewal of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit to the Ohio General Assembly.

Council also is scheduled to hear a first reading on ordinances to amend the city code regarding general zoning code penalty, as well as a first reading on an ordinance to enter into an agreement for mosquito management.

For the outcome of the Feb. 22 council votes, see www.thisweeknews.com.