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NCC development committee meting postponed

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Last week's Northland Community Council development committee meeting wasn't.

A week before the scheduled March 27 session, committee chairman Dave Paul sent out a notice that it had been canceled because the applicants in all the cases had asked for postponements.

Paul said he was not concerned this means the agenda for the next meeting, scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., would be an exceptionally crowded one.

He also said applicants often don't explain to him their reasons for withdrawing a request for the committee's recommendation for approval.

"They just weren't ready," Paul said. "Some of these might not even come back."

None of the items scheduled for a hearing last week were especially major development proposals, he added, although he said one will be interesting when it does come before the committee "in possibly a positive way."

That involves property at 5700 N. Hamilton Road, proposed early in 2010 as a site for a Turkey Hill Minit Market. The idea of a convenience store in their midst had residents in the nearby North Village and in the Preserve so up in arms that officials with the Kroger-owned chain dropped the plans in April that year.

"After extensive research, discussions within the community and careful consideration, Turkey Hill has determined that the Hamilton and Preserve location does not fit into our strategic location site plans for Columbus and therefore the company is no longer pursuing plans to develop this site," Denise Clark, director of client services for Clary Communications, said in a statement issued on behalf of the company at the time.

Subsequently, residents in the precinct voted to ban alcohol sales, making another try at a convenience store there highly unlikely, according to Paul.

"They can't make any money off beer sales," he said.

Paul would only say that a "different use" is now being proposed for the site, one that he thinks the neighbors will like.

"The applicant is doing the homework," he said.

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