Change was in the wind for northwest Columbus in 2017. Here’s a recap of some of the top stories for the year:
Shakeup with NWCA – The implosion of the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees was perhaps the biggest news of the year. Long-simmering disputes among members became public knowledge at the June 6 annual meeting, leading to a change in leadership.
And then there were 15 – Following on the heels of leadership change for the NWCA’s board, the remaining six members took two rounds of voting at an Aug. 5 meeting to add another nine trustees to the board. That brought the number of board members up to 15.
OSU Airport master plan – A yearlong process to develop a new long-range strategy at the Ohio State University Airport included a special public meeting Dec. 5 in Hangar 1. Public comment will be sought throughout the process, those attending were assured.
Sheep-farm development – People living near a 56-acre property owned by OSU near the university’s airport made it known they want a say in what happens when it is sold. An organized group of residents is lobbying for things such as a park or library, and they will be heard, according to Keith Myers, OSU associate vice president of fiscal planning and real estate.
Dispensary decisions – The Northwest Side, Clintonville and the Northland area are all neighborhoods in Columbus where medical-marijuana dispensaries might be located, once the legislature-approved program goes into effect next fall. This came to light at the chairwoman of the Clintonville Area Commission announced in October that she had received a possibly bogus, or at the least premature, request for approval of a dispensary site on North High Street. Anthony J. Celebrezze, assistant director of the Department of Building and Zoning Services, said the city’s only role regarding dispensary locations is to ensure they meet zoning requirements. He also said sites under consideration included Bethel Road, North High Street, Morse Road and East Dublin Granville Road.