Hilliard Northwest News

Planning and zoning

Commission puts brakes on signs for Gateway development


Developers of a Giant Eagle store, medical offices and retail outlets at the Gateway at Hilliard, a 56-acre development at the northwest corner of Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway, will work with city staff members in the next few weeks to reach an agreement concerning signs at the site.

Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members Dec. 13 asked Echo Continental Hilliard to return to the Jan. 10 commission meeting with a revised plan for mounted and ground sings for the development. The developer is seeking a variance for internally lit signs at the location, as well as a variance concerning the height and number of ground and mounted signs.

"This is the biggest sign package I've ever seen," Commission Chairman Bill Uttley said. "There are a number of issues here."

Commission member Thomas Lyden said some of the signs were "redundant," referring to multiple "GetGo" signs proposed for the gasoline station associated with Giant Eagle.

Mayor Don Schonhardt told developers that signs at the development "need to be consistent" with those desired for all of Britton Parkway, not only to ensure that Britton Parkway is uniform, but as a model for future development in other parts of the city.

Also at issue was how signs will be shared among tenants, but commission members agreed the developer and tenants will mete out an agreement.

"We want to be reasonable with major tenants," said Schonhardt, adding that Giant Eagle and other major tenants would be afforded signs, but not every tenant can be permitted signs visible from the right-of-way.

Commission members suggested buildings with large addresses on the outside. A tenant of such a building would use the address for advertising, but patrons or patients would need to go inside the building to view a directory of tenants.

Sean Cullen, vice president of planning and development for Echo Continental Hilliard, asked for the postponement of the sign plan and said his company would meet with city staff members to create an alternative sign package to present Jan. 10.

In other business, commission members unanimously approved a final development plan for the 84,000-square-foot Giant Eagle store, gas station and associated retail stores. They also approved lot splits to provide for the construction of a parking lot and the extension of All Seasons Drive, which connects to the east side of the Britton Parkway.

Commission members also approved a conditional-use permit to allow retail uses at Coloramics, 4077 Weaver Court S., and a conditional-use permit to allow an athletics training facility at EmpowerFit, 4627 Northwest Parkway.