Hilliard officials are seeking more information from Graeter's Ice Cream before considering an application for the company to open a local store.

Graeter's is seeking approval of a site plan and a conditional-use permit to build an ice-cream shop with a drive-thru window at the northwest corner of Scioto Darby Road and High School Drive. The shop would be few blocks south of the Dairy Queen on Main Street.

"We asked (Graeter's) to give us a better idea of what times and days they see the most customers as we want to take that into account (as part of a traffic study)," city planner John Talentino said Oct. 13.

Graeter's Ice Cream representatives on Oct. 12 asked the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission to postpone the application until Nov. 9 to allow time gather information, review a traffic study and other considerations, he said.

"It's a good-looking building," said Talentino, describing the approximately 2,500-square-foot red-brick structure the business has proposed to build on 0.68 acre at the northwest corner of Scioto Darby Road and High School Drive.

The land is zoned with a neighborhood-business designation and no rezoning would be required, he said.

Three lots comprise the 0.68 acre, which has one residential building and two residences that have been converted into office uses, Talentino said. The owner, Graeter's Holding Co. in Cincinnati, is expected to unify the three lots into a single lot, he said.

All three buildings would be demolished to build the ice-cream shop.

"There is some revising to do concerning setbacks and the landscaping plan ... so we decided another month was needed," Talentino said.

Craig Kertesz of HG Construction, the company that applied for the necessary permits, referred inquiries to the Graeter's public-relations division.

"As of now, Graeter's is simply exploring a new location in Hilliard and we hope to make an announcement later this year," said Tim Philpott, vice president of marketing for Graeter's.

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