The last bit of housekeeping was finished last week to pave the way for Westerville's First Responders Park.

The last bit of housekeeping was finished last week to pave the way for Westerville's First Responders Park.

The Westerville Planning Commission voted 7-0 Oct. 22 to approve a conditional use permit for the 12,033-square-foot park, which is under construction at 374 W. Main St. Work began on the park on Sept. 28.

Although work was already under way, part of the site lies in a zoning district that required a conditional use, according to planning and development clerk Sue Hildebrand.

According to city staff reports, a park is a conditional use within the Planned Industrial District (PID), and requires approval from the planning commission.

First Responder's Park is being constructed in an area that encompasses two zoning districts, PID and R-1 Single-Family Residential.

According to Tom Ullom, a medic with the Westerville Division of Fire, the new memorial will serve as a tribute to fallen firefighter David Theisen, and will provide all firefighters and the public with an inspirational and healing setting in which to celebrate the achievements and contemplate the losses experienced by the city's first-responders.

When completed, First Responders Park will include a bronze statue called "The Crossing," a memorial wall, brick walkways and a World Trade Center memorial, complete with steel recovered from Ground Zero in New York City.

Plans for the park can be viewed online at www.wffmemorial.org.

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