Hilliard Northwest News

Rezoning application

Glenmont public hearing slated Feb. 24

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Hilliard City Council has scheduled a public hearing Feb. 24 concerning the rezoning of 0.5 acre near Avery and Davidson roads.

An ordinance rezoning the parcel from low-density residential to multifamily residential was introduced and received a first reading Feb. 10.

Glenmont, a Christian Science nursing center at 4599 Avery Road, is seeking to rezone the parcel. The 16 acres on which the nursing home is situated already is zoned multifamily residential.

Glenmont officials said previously the organization is working with a developer to build residential units separate and apart from the nursing home. They did not rule out the possibility that a century-old farmhouse, currently used as a support center for Glenmont's staff and located on the parcel in question, would be demolished or relocated.

Numerous residents living near Glenmont made their opposition clear and city officials also voiced concern at a Jan. 27 city planning, projects and services committee meeting.

Glenmont has yet to submit a development plan, according to Mayor Don Schonhardt.

In other business Feb. 10:

* City Council also scheduled a public hearing Feb. 24 for an ordinance to rezone 0.6 acre for the Landmark Lofts development at Cemetery Road and Franklin Street.

The ordinance would rezone the parcel, currently the site of Sunbelt Rentals, 5274 Cemetery Road, from a zoning classification for shopping centers to a planned-unit development.

If approved, city officials would next ask City Council to adopt legislation that would combine the 0.6 acre with an adjacent 5.8-acre PUD to create a single PUD designation at the site.

Sunbelt Rentals plans to relocate to Parkway Lane.

The business initially rebuffed offers last year to join the PUD and accompanying tax-increment financing district, according to Glen Dugger, an attorney for Landmark Lofts developer Buckeye KRG. Plans moved forward without the parcel, but an agreement was ultimately reached.

* City Council members unanimously adopted a resolution dedicating 0.3 acre of city-owned land on Cosgray Road to the public right of way.

The transfer of land was required to allow the city to install flashing caution lights where the Heritage Trail crosses Cosgray Road north of Scioto Darby Road, said Butch Seidle, director of public services.

The city has been awarded a $120,000 federal grant for the construction of the beacons, signaling, pavement marking and curbs in the area.

* City Council members adopted a resolution authorizing Finance Director Dave Delande to contract with Willis of Ohio for property and casualty insurance.

The city's annual premium for 2014 is $123,104 and represents "a slight increase" based on an increase in the value of the property the city has insured, Delande said.

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