The Westerville Planning Commission once again gave its approval to plans for a 42,000-square-foot, 64-bed psychiatric hospital on 8.85 acres at the northwest corner of County Line Road West and Africa Road.

The Westerville Planning Commission once again gave its approval to plans for a 42,000-square-foot, 64-bed psychiatric hospital on 8.85 acres at the northwest corner of County Line Road West and Africa Road.

The plans put forth by United Psychiatric Corp. were approved by the commisison once before, in January 2008. However, the corporation failed to break ground on the property and its site plan expired after two years, in January 2010, per city code.

Now, with the economy on the upswing, the company said it is ready to move forward with its plans for the inpatient facility.

Commission member Diane Fosselman cast the only no vote in the 6-1 approval at the Feb. 23 planning commission meeting.

Fosselman said she would have favored a one-year renewal but was concerned about renewing the site plans for another two years and having the property continue to sit vacant.

Also at the Feb. 23 meeting, the planning commission approved sign variances for the redeveloped St. Paul the Apostle Church, 313 N. State St., and a 4,168-square-foot addition to Westerville First Baptist Church, 104 S. Spring Road.

Both of those approvals were unanimous.

For more information on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.