Libby Wetherholt, chairwoman of the Clintonville Area Commission, hopes to select a location for a memorial to a fallen police officer at the commission's next monthly meeting.

The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.

Wetherholt said the main items on the agenda would be to remind residents of a Columbia Gas of Ohio project and to settle on a site for a memorial to Columbus Division of Police SWAT officer Steven M. Smith.

Smith, a 27-year veteran of the department, was shot and killed during a standoff April 10, 2016, on West California Avenue.

The CAC's planning committee has discussed several potential sites for a memorial, including Clinton-Como Park, Colerain Elementary School or the Northmoor fire station.

Mary Rodgers, president of the Clintonville Historical Society, said the society offered to add a monument to Memory Lane on West North Broadway. The stretch of road already boasts several memorials and tributes to veterans and the neighborhood's contribution to the Underground Railroad and the performing arts.

But Rodgers said CAC committee members wanted a place where they can "plant a tree in a location where large crowds can gather."

Wetherholt said she hopes the location can be "pinned down" at the March 1 meeting.

The Columbia Gas project, which involves line replacement in April or May, involves 230 customers in the Dominion Boulevard and Zeller Road area.

Before the project begins, Columbia Gas will host an informational meeting in the neighborhood, during which residents can ask questions and share concerns with Columbia representatives, according to the CAC's website.

Columbia Gas' website said residents should be prepared for "digging and disruption" as gas lines are replaced.

"We'll need to dig in your yard, potentially move your gas meter and briefly interrupt your gas service. This will take some time, but we promise to put things back together," the website reads.

Planned development at the former site of a White Castle and Patrick J's on North High Street is not on the CAC's agenda this month, but officials expect public interest to be high when it does appear.

In a Feb. 19 email, CAC member Stephen Hardwick said while developer Borror has applied for variances for the proposed project -- on a site that straddles the border between the Clintonville and University Area commissions -- consideration has been delayed.

The project, proposed in mid-January, calls for a mixed-use building, with 3,901 square feet set aside for a restaurant and 2,200 square feet of retail space in the two-story front portion of the structure. The remaining 11,200 square feet of space in the four-story section at the back of the site would be for offices and 53 apartments.

In his email, Hardwick said the variance applications call for a requested reduction in parking spaces from 77 to 72 and increase in the maximum height allowed from 45 feet to 53 feet.

"You may notice that the code references all are for rules for building in the University Area Commission," Hardwick wrote. "As currently submitted, the request assumes review only by the UAC. This is because the city's initial position was that this application needed only to be submitted to the UAC. We will ask that the applicant address the changes needed for the CAC side of the boundary.

"Because of ongoing work between the applicant and the University Area Commission, and at the applicant's request, consideration of this request has been postponed. When the applicant is ready, the request will be heard at a future meeting of the zoning and variance committee with at least one full week's advance public notice."

"We certainly want to be able to have a little input on that," Wetherholt said. "I think everybody will be interested in it."

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