Grove City Record

Council rejects housing project

Traffic access is the issue, neighbors and council members say


Grove City Council rejected a development plan for a new residential subdivision after neighbors and council members raised concerns about traffic and access.

On Monday, May 19, council voted 4-0 against a preliminary development plan presented by Schottenstein Homes for the Woods of Pinnacle, a proposed 32-acre development divided into 73 single-family lots, south of Pinnacle Club Drive and adjacent to The Links and The Estates subdivisions.

Council President Ted Berry, Councilman Steve Bennett, Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw and Councilman Jeff Davis voted against the resolution. Councilwoman Laura Lanese was absent.

Proposed access to the development would have come off Pinnacle Club Drive from the north and an extension of Callum Way from the south. It was the latter option that drew protests from neighbors.

"The exit on Callum Road is basically a cut through in our subdivision," said Mitch Freeman, who said he and his wife had decided to move into the area because it was quiet and secluded.

John Garko said he was concerned for children in the neighborhood.

"We're concerned about traffic," he said. "We're concerned about the number of cars that are going to be traveling through here."

Paul Coppel, co-owner of Schottenstein Homes, said the primary concern is access.

"We have always wanted our access to be on Pinnacle Club Drive," he said.

Coppel said the company considered having another entrance off Pinnacle Club Drive or linking up to Holton Road. However, he said the company was unable to work out an arrangement with M/I Homes, which owns the land where a second entrance off Pinnacle Club Drive would go. And Holton Road, he said, has not been annexed into Grove City, and Franklin County has made it clear it won't allow access off Holton.

"The point is you want connectivity between the subdivisions," said attorney Jack Reynolds of the firm Smith and Hale, which is representing Schottenstein Homes. "By using Callum, you've got connectivity."

Bennett said he also had concerns about access. If anything happened on the proposed street east of Callum, the residents on that side would be cut off during an emergency.

"They're flat-out trapped," he said. "That's just not acceptable."

Berry said access through Callum "makes no sense."

"There's several problems with this," he said.