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Olentangy West Area Plan open house is April 29

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

An open house to present the draft of the Olentangy West Area Plan has been scheduled for April 29.

The gathering, to offer residents a glimpse at the proposed first-ever area plan for that section of Columbus, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ecole Kenwood, 3770 Shattuck Ave.

Although only a portion of the Northwest Civic Association's coverage area is included within the boundaries of the proposed Olentangy West plan, Christine Palmer of the Columbus planning staff gave a presentation at last week's meeting of the NWCA Board of Trustees.

"You're so close by," Palmer said.

The area for which the document to guide future development is being crafted is bound by the city of Upper Arlington on the west, Henderson Road on the north, the Olentangy River on the east and Kinnear Road and Chambers Road on the south. The five-square-mile section of the city includes Riverside Methodist Hospital and the west campus of Ohio State University, although Palmer noted OSU has a separate plan.

"The area's generally built out," Palmer said.

During the process of developing the initial plan for Olentangy West, Palmer said residents indicated they wanted to see more mixed-use projects, shopping centers that also included office space and small apartment buildings.

"The developers may have their own vision," she conceded.

"The Olentangy West Area Plan provides an opportunity to help shape and direct the pattern of growth and development within its neighborhoods and business districts," the draft document states in the introduaction.

"The area planning process addresses land use, urban design, transportation economic development and other potential improvements."

The growth of hotels around the Kohl's store along Olentangy River Road is something encouraged under the draft plan, Palmer told the NWCA.

"We see that as a good pairing," she said.

The Kenny Centre at the intersection of Kenny and Old Henderson roads would have increased pedestrian access under the plan and additional landscaping "would be great," Palmer said.

The recommendations in the draft document include:

• Neighborhoods will have a mix of uses that provide a variety of housing types, neighborhood services and employment.

• Open spaces and natural resources should be preserved and protected.

• New development will contribute to community character.

It seems fitting the April 29 open house should be in a school on Shattuck Avenue.

According to a history of the area in the draft plan, "The bulk of this land was owned by Simon and Alexander Shattuck, sons of William Shattuck and Eunice Blood.

"Their grandfather, Job Shattuck, was a captain in the Revolutionary War. Simon divided his farm and attracted six to eight families to the area, which he called 'Shattucksburg.'

"This community was never formally platted and did not have a post office. Shattuck Avenue is named for the family."

Mary Rodgers, president of the Clintonville Historical Society, is given credit for that portion of the portion of the document.

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