Hilliard Northwest News

City seeks to 'raise standards' for old McDonald's site

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Hilliard officials want to amend the development plan for the McDonald's at Lyman Drive and Cemetery Road to make a gasoline station or automotive uses at its old site a conditional use rather than a permitted use.

Current plans call for McDonald's to relocate from the northeast corner of Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway to a site about 570 feet to the west.

After the relocation, the current restaurant will be demolished and city officials desire to exact a degree of control concerning future use of the site.

A hotel is among the preferred uses, city officials have said previously.

The planned-unit development modification introduced at the April 22 meeting of Hilliard City Council's City Planning, Projects and Services Committee would make it more difficult for a gas station or similar use to be a approved on the site.

"I think this change is satisfactory," said City Council President Brett Sciotto.

He also said it "raises the standards" for development of the parcel.

An ordinance approving the modification and a companion ordinance approving a developer's agreement both received a second reading at the April 22 City Council meeting and are scheduled for a third and final reading May 13.

The ordinance also rezones the parcel of the future McDonald's and two adjacent parcels on the north side of Cemetery Road between Britton Parkway and Lyman Drive from planned industrial park to planned-unit development.

"The rezoning does a number of things that align with our comprehensive plan," City Planner John Talentino said.

He said that includes expanding a grid system for new streets.

As part of the new McDonald's development, a new east-west connector road will be built north of Cemetery Road to connect Britton Parkway and Lyman Drive and provide access to the parcels not accessible to eastbound traffic on Cemetery Road because of a median.

"This is a quality development despite some design challenges," Talentino said.

Committee members also introduced legislation amending a planned-unit development plan for a parcel on Trueman Boulevard.

Equity is developing a 21,000-square-foot office building on the campus of the former Red Roof Inn headquarters. Pediatric Associates at Mill Run will relocate to the new office and occupy half of the building. Equity will seek one or more tenants for the remainder.

The modification adjusts the required setbacks to allow construction of the new office closer to the road than previously permitted.

In other action at the April 22 committee meeting, a battery of ordinances were introduced authorizing the purchase of two new pickup trucks with snow plows; authorizing a contract for a replacement program for trees infested by the emerald ash borer; authorizing an agreement with OMH Advisors to provide engineering and architectural services for Hilliard Station Park; and authorizing a contract for the designs related to the construction of a sports facility in Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.

Mayor Don Schonhardt appealed to council members to adopt the legislation so it is in place when needed and pledged not to contract for the job until the developer provides a letter of commitment financing the project.

Representatives from Bo Jackson's Elite Sports have proposed a 105,000-square-foot sports facility at Municipal Park.

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