A bid to rezone a lot on East Selby Boulevard received a unanimous denial from the Municipal Planning Commission last week.

A bid to rezone a lot on East Selby Boulevard received a unanimous denial from the Municipal Planning Commission last week.

In an unusual move, the MPC even denied the applicant's request to table the rezoning application, saying that plans for the site would have no bearing on their opposition.

"I need to vote the constituency, and nothing can change my mind," said commissioner Scott Myers, noting the overwhelming opposition expressed by neighbors of the Colonial Hills property.

The vacant lot on the north side of East Selby Boulevard separates the apartments to the west from the single-family homes to the east.

Thomas Owen Mustric represents the Helen Mustric trust, which owns the land. He would like to build a four-family brick apartment building similar to the ones immediately west and south of the property.

To do so, he needs the lot rezoned from R-10, single family, to AR-3, medium density apartment. The rezoning would require a variance, since the lot is 81 feet wide and zoning regulations require AR-3 lots to be a minimum of 200 feet in width.

All of the lots along East Selby Boulevard are zoned single-family.

When the city's zoning map was drawn in 1971, the apartments just east of High Street already existed. For a reason that city officials do not know, even those lots were zoned for single-family use.

Mustric, who lives on Evening Street and grew up across the street from the property he wants to have rezoned, said he planned to build a nice apartment building, maintaining the woods behind the proposed building as well as the trees along Selby Boulevard.

MPC chairman Richard Hunter said that his plans could not be considered part of the rezoning request. The lot could be sold to someone else and the city would have little control over what is built.

"Once we zone something, it is permanent," he said.

Myers said that opposition to the rezoning from neighbors was overwhelming.

"Selby Boulevard from the school to the park is one of the prettiest drives in Worthington," he said. Myers lives in Colonial Hills.

When residents purchased their homes on Selby Boulevard, they saw the Mustric lot as a buffer between multi- and single-family areas, said commissioner Kathy Holcombe.

"A house would be fine," she said.