The New Albany planning commission tabled a request from a group wanting to open a used-car lot on the site of the former New Albany Mill.

The New Albany planning commission July 20 tabled a request from a group wanting to open a used-car lot on the site of the former New Albany Mill.

Village administrator Joe Stefanov said the company, which has identified itself as 35 Associates Investment Group LLC, is asking for a conditional-use variance to open the used-car lot at 97 Granville St. He said the site, which closed as the New Albany Mill about a year ago after 119 years of service, currently is zoned as C2-general business/commercial district.

According to the village's zoning codes, businesses such as administrative offices, grocery stores, clothing stores, restaurants without drive-throughs and medical or dental clinics are permitted on the site.

Jennifer Chrysler, village community-development director, said representatives from 35 Associates Investment Group did not submit a complete application, and staff members recommended that the commission table the request until the next commission meeting either Aug. 4 or 18.

"We noticed items were missing," village planner Adrienne Joly said during last Monday's meeting. "An example of what we are looking for is a site plan, signage, and we would like to know about the detailing and washing (of the cars). The village has a specific plan for the village center, and due to the location, we need sufficient information."

Roman Kocian, whose name is on the business application with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, appeared before commission members July 20 in place of the real applicant, who, he said, is a player for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kocian said he had learned that day about the meeting and said he had not received the calls and faxes from village officials, requesting additional details.

Commission member Dave Olmstead said issues must be addressed before the planning commission reviews the application next month.

"How is this going to fit in with the surrounding area?" he asked. "The area over time had significant flooding issues."

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