Attorneys representing medical and retail projects for part of a massive development on the eastern fringes of the Northland area didn't get far in their pitch for a comprehensive graphics plan at the Northland Community Council's development committee meeting May 30.

Aaron Underhill represented Ohio State University and its plans for a medical campus as part of Hamilton Crossing LLC off North Hamilton Road.

As he began his presentation, it became apparent that a vital document was not contained in the information submitted to committee members in advance of the monthly session.

That scotches plans for the graphics plan for the proposed ambulatory-care facility and major retail project anchored by a Target store, represented at the development panel hearing by Charlie Frost of Casto development. The proposal is scheduled be heard by the Columbus Graphics Commission on June 19.

Because the plan specific to signage in the hospital campus and Target retail center varies so much from the existing graphics code, Underhill said city staff members encouraged him to draft a text explaining the requested changes rather than cite the individual sections of the law.

He apologized that this document didn't make it into the packets mailed to committee members and consented to have the graphics case moved to the panel's next meeting June 27.

Even before the error came to light, committee members expressed frustration that a graphics plan was being sought that was sparse on detail because the architectural plans for the retail center and small hospital have yet to be finalized.

"I realize you've got a ton of moving," committee Vice Chairman William Logan said. "We only know the elephant by its trunk."

"I, for one, don't feel very comfortable about this at all," committee member Suzanne Harnichar said.

"This is really difficult for us to get a handle on what you're doing."

"I made the meeting very unproductive," Underhill said. "My fault."

Committee members also heard an informal proposal for an 84-unit apartment project on 6.3 acres at 5850 Sunbury Road.

Attorney Jill Tangeman said the site is still in Blendon Township and the application for annexation into the city won't be filed for a while.

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