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Planning and zoning commission

Another commercial building planned at Gateway


A 10,000-square-foot commercial building will be added to the Gateway at Hilliard development following the structure's approval Feb. 13 by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Gateway development is at the northwest corner of Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway.

Sean Cullen, of Continental Real Estate, told the commission members many of the tenants are yet to be determined, but one could be announced soon.

"We are close to getting a lease signed (and) a public announcement should be forthcoming," Cullen said.

The 10,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to the 84,000-square-foot Giant Eagle currently under construction.

Commission members approved the new building in a 6-0 vote. They approved four other cases Feb. 13, also by 6-0 votes. The cases included:

* A conditional-use permit to allow Parkside Children's Montessori to operate a child-care center at 4093 Trueman Blvd.

The child-care center currently operates in the Parkside Community Church, 5505 Hyde Park Drive in Hilliard, said owner and director Sadhana Arun.

Arun said all Montessori schools in central Ohio are privately owned.

Because the school will move out of the church, the name might change, Arun said.

"But we haven't decided about that yet," she said.

Eleven children are enrolled at the school, which has a capacity for 24. The school opened in 2010 and currently has children ages 36 months to 6 years.

At the new location, the school will have three classrooms to accommodate up to 12 children each and will enroll children from ages 18 months to 6 years.

"We will have a toddler room so we would be able to have younger children," Arun said.

The building at the site formerly was a gas station. Concrete pads will be destroyed and removed, as well as some other remodeling to meet the school's needs, Arun said.

Arun sought to relocate closer to Interstate 270 and to have her own "dedicated school" rather than sharing amenities and accommodations at the church building.

Arun leased space at the church building and also will lease the Trueman Boulevard location, she said.

Arun expects to move into the new location in August.

"We think it's a great proposal," City Planner John Talentino told commission members.

* Architectural changes for parcels at 4002 and 4004 Main St. in Old Hilliard.

The applicant, Thomas Herlihy, received approval in 2012 for the same plans to convert a garage on the parcel into a coffee shop, Talentino said.

Because Herlihy did not seek a building permit in the proscribed time after the previous approval, he was required to resubmit, Talentino said.

* A temporary banner sign for the Colliers International real-estate company, 3455 Mill Run Drive.

* A variance for a ground sign for Credit Union of Ohio, 5500 Britton Parkway.

Prior to hearing cases, new commission members Scott Movshin and Cornell Robertson received oaths of office.

Both men were appointed by Mayor Don Schonhardt and will serve six-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Commission members also elected a chairman and vice chairman.

Chris Lewie, the senior-most commission member with 12 years of service, was elected chairman and Movshin was elected vice chairman.