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City Council approves Glenmont rezoning application

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All land owned by the Glenmont Christian Science nursing home at 4599 Avery Road now is zoned for multifamily residential uses.

Hilliard City Council on March 24 voted 5-0 to approve the rezoning of the half acre owned by Glenmont from low-density residential to multifamily residential, according to council President Nathan Painter. Council members Les Carrier and Kelly McGivern did not attend the meeting.

The rest of Glenmont's 19 acres has been zoned multifamily since 1984.

The rezoning of the half acre, on which is a 19th-century farmhouse, is separate from a proposal to build 176 apartments on about 13 acres Glenmont officials said they plan to sell to developer F2.

Glenmont will maintain ownership of 5.5 acres.

As part of an agreement with the city, F2 plans to purchase the farmhouse from Glenmont and then convey the half acre to the city, said attorney Glen Dugger, who represents F2.

F2 has not yet submitted development plans for city officials to review, but Dugger revealed to residents March 5 that F2 plans to build 176 apartments.

Because the land it plans to acquire already is zoned for multifamily uses, F2 must only meet the requirements of the zoning district in order to receive a building permit.

In other business March 24:

* City Council tabled a a resolution authorizing Service Director Butch Seidle to enter into a contract for the construction of Hilliard's Station Park, which will be opposite First Responders Park on Main and Center streets.

Seidle said the resolution was tabled for two weeks "because we are still evaluating the bids" and were not ready to make a recommendation to City Council.

The companies being considered for the contract are Robertson Construction Services and the Setterlin Building Co.

Robertson's bid was $4,617,000 and Setterlin's was $4,690,000, according to Clark Rausch, deputy city engineer.

The Franklin County Engineer's Office's estimate for the project is $4.3 million, and the city has set aside $5 million for the project in the 2014 capital-improvements budget.

Seidle said the city can award up to 10 percent over the bid estimate.

* City Council members adopted a battery of ordinances issuing new bond debt or refinancing existing bond debt.

The city is refinancing debt issued via bonds in 2007 that will save the city about $300,000, Finance Director David Delande said last month.

New bonds the city issued includes $900,000 for purchasing new refuse and recycling containers; $1.25 million for the construction of a new emergency-communications tower; and $3.4 million for improvements to parks and recreation facilities.

City Council approved resolutions authorizing the purchase of six new police cruisers for $165,000 as part of the city's annual replacement policy and the $400,000 purchase of new digital radios needed to work with the new $1.8 million communications tower being built at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.

The upgrades are needed for the Hilliard Division of Police's new membership in the Central Ohio Interoperability Radio System.

* First readings were held for an ordinance authorizing a three-year contract for refuse disposal and recycling and an ordinance authorizing the purchase of solid-waste and recycling containers.

Both ordinances were referred to the city planning, projects and services committee, but the legislation is expected to advance to a second reading and public hearing April 14.

The current contact with Rumpke for solid-waste disposal and recycling expires June 30.

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