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NWCA OKs Taco Bell request to replace carwash

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The "latest and greatest prototype" for Taco Bell is proposed for 4521 Kenny Road, currently the site of a carwash.

The Northwest Civic Association Board of Directors gave the concept their unanimous blessing at last week's monthly meeting after hearing from Nicholas C. Cavalaris, attorney for the owner of the property.

Cavalaris said the site is an L-shaped parcel with access to both Kenny and Old Henderson roads. It would have two curb cuts, but left turn lanes will not be permitted onto Kenny Road from the property, either by signs forbidding it or an entryway preventing it; that's still under discussion with city officials, the attorney said.

The owner wants to keep the existing pole sign for the car wash, but substitute a new one featuring the bell logo of the fast-food operation. The location of the sign on the lot will probably change, according to architect Jim Clark.

Landscaping would be added to what is currently all blacktop, Cavalaris said.

He also said his client would be adding sidewalks on both frontages.

That's merely meeting the city's requirements, graphics and zoning Chairwoman Rosemarie Lisko pointed out.

This is a new prototype for Taco Bell, Clark said. The "latest and greatest," Cavalaris termed it.

"After making significant changes to its menu this year, Taco Bell is now looking to update its restaurant design," according to the website of Nation's Restaurant news.

"Three new Taco Bell prototypes of varying sizes are being tested as part of a holistic effort to make the 50-year-old brand more relevant," said Don Roberts, Taco Bell's director of concept development.

Also at last week's session, Board President John Ehlers reported results of voting during the association's annual meeting on April 17.

All of the proposed changes to the code of regulations were approved. Some of these were more along the lines of housekeeping matters, such as not allowing proxy voting by board members and referring to student interns as student trustees.

The most significant revision to the regulations, which passed by a margin of 14-2, requires civic association members and trustees live in the city of Columbus. That residency requirement was done away with in 2010 after it had been put in place in 2007.

Ehlers has said the change back to the old requirement was made at the request of City Council members, to whom trustee recommendations are directed.

Expanding student trustee posts to schools other than Centennial High was approved by a vote of 15-1, according to Ehlers.

All three people running to be members of the board were elected.

Current member Jeanne Ashby was voted back on by 16-0.

Another incumbent, Ruth Royal, was returned to office, 15-1.

Kellie Ehlers, the wife of the president, received 14 votes in her bid to become a trustee and two against.

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