Sunbelt Rentals plans to move east on Cemetery Road after its property near Franklin Street was purchased by the developer of Landmark Lofts.
The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 10 approved Sunbelt's final development plan for construction of a 7,500-square-foot building on 1.7 acres at 4019 Parkway Lane, just off Cemetery Road.
The undeveloped lot is south of the COTA park-and-ride and across Parkway Lane from the Max & Erma's restaurant.
"Sunbelt is excited about the (improved access) at this site," said Brent Garland, a broker for Buckeye KRG, the developer for Landmark Lofts.
The site along Cemetery Road has a signalized intersection nearby and is less than 1,000 feet from Interstate 270.
Garland said Oct. 15 that his firm is in contract with Highlights for Children to purchase the parcel. He would not disclose the terms of the agreement prior to the closing.
Buckeye KRG helped Sunbelt Rentals secure the new site after Sunbelt officials agreed last summer to sell the property so it could become part of Landmark Lofts, Garland said.
"Pleasing Sunbelt hasn't been easy, but we don't think there could be a better site," Garland said.
In other action Oct. 10, planning and zoning commission members approved a lot split and a development plan for an 8,520-square-foot building on 1.3 acres at 3737 Parkway Lane.
Since relocating from Taylor Avenue in east Columbus two months ago, SRS Mechanical has been leasing a site for its operations.
The owner of SRS Mechanical purchased an adjacent lot from the owner and sought approval to split the lot.
SRS Mechanical currently has 11 employees and supplies HVAC equipment and other heating and cooling units to restaurants and other clients.
"We hope to begin construction early next year and be moved in by this time next year," said Bernard Carlucci, owner of SRS Mechanical.
Prior to approval, John Grauduss, an architect from Galion representing SRS Mechanical, and Hilliard City Planner John Talentino discussed providing a bicycle rack at the new business.
Grauduss balked at a building a bicycle rack and challenged the city's authority to require it as part of the development plan.
Talentino said while a bicycle rack was not a requirement, it was a recommendation, as the city's master plan called for facilitating multiple modes of transportation.
Construction of a bike rack also provides credit toward required minimum parking for automobiles, Talentino said.
"You can't ride a bike (to our facility)," Grauduss said.
"Sure you can," Talentino replied, describing all the places he rides bicycles and opining that the absence of bike racks would deter any employees from riding a bicycle to work.
Grauduss said riding a bicycle was inherently dangerous, prompting Talentino to respond that semi-truck traffic to and from the business could be equally dangerous.
Finally, Grauduss asked his client if SRS Mechanical was willing to pay for installing a bicycle rack.
"I don't want to, but I will," Carlucci said.
Talentino could not estimate the cost of a bike rack, saying that the cost would be part of the construction and development plan that SRS Mechanical is expected to solicit.
Also on Oct. 10, commission members approved a sign variance for Ross DiGiorgio's property at 3988 Main St. and 3996 Main St.
All measures were approved 4-0. Commission members John Bryner and Thomas Lyden were absent.