Westerville City Schools and Oakstone Academy received approvals from the Westerville Planning Commission Aug. 24 for building expansions.

Westerville City Schools and Oakstone Academy received approvals from the Westerville Planning Commission Aug. 24 for building expansions.

The commission also approved a parking variance that will allow renovations to an Uptown building to move forward and a final development plan for new condominiums just east of the intersection of County Line Road and North State Street.

The Westerville school district requested approval of a 2,200-square-foot expansion to its warehouse facility at 816 County Line Road.

The expansion will encroach 17 feet into the required 40-foot setback from County Line Road, but city planner Lisa LaMantia said the city staff did not have a problem with that because the warehouse building still will sit farther back on the property than the 1800s farmhouse on the corner. It also will be screened by an existing line of trees.

The expansion will be styled to look like a barn and will allow the district to consolidate its warehouse space in one facility, LaMantia said.

Oakstone Academy also received unanimous approval for a 15,000-square-foot addition to its school at 939 S. State St.

The addition will be a metal-framed building with a concrete base to match the existing building, senior city planner Bassem Bitar said. It primarily will house gymnasium space for the school.

The expansion will fall into the confines of an existing concrete parking lot, but the building still will retain plenty of parking, he said.

In Uptown, the planning commission unanimously approved a parking variance for 7 and 9 N. State St.

The new owners of the building plan to renovate the property to create a first-floor yogurt shop and four apartments in the second and third stories, which are badly deteriorated, representatives of the owner said.

"Except for the mold, asbestos and lead paint, it's fine," said Gary Gitlitz, the owners' attorneyr.

The retail use on the first floor doesn't require additional parking, but the apartments on the second and third floors do, Bitar said. No parking is dedicated to the building.

"The (Uptown) sites are unusual. There really is no parking. They were built at a time when cars didn't exist," Bitar said.

The apartments would require nine spots under city code, he said. However, the variance approved by the planning commission will allow for only four spots, with the condition that the owners are willing to work with the city on an overall parking plan for that portion of Uptown.

"We do believe this is a bigger issue than this building on its own," Bitar said.

The commission approved a final development plan for condominiums on 3.8 acres behind 372 and 360 N. State St. Developer Romanelli and Hughes will be able to construct an 18-unit complex that will be accessible off of County Line Road.