During a preliminary look at a mixed-use development proposed for 2106 E. Main St., provided at the Bexley Board of Zoning and Planning's June 28 meeting, city officials suggested architects modify the site plan in order to blend in with existing buildings in the area.

Because the site is located at Bexley's west boundary at the northwest corner of East Main Street and South Parkview Avenue, any new development should complement the Bexley Gateway, 500 S. Parkview Ave., and other similar structures in the area, said Jason Sudy, the city's development consultant.

"This (development) is for the Main Street corridor, and that triggers the highest level of review that we have in the city," Sudy said.

The preliminary site plan calls for a new two-story building with an Ohio State Bank branch on the first floor and office space on the second floor. The building would be 7,400 square feet on 0.87 of an acre, with a 26-car surface parking area provided at the north portion of the property. The drive-through canopy would have three lanes: Two outside lanes are for pnuematic tube transactions and one lane, adjacent to the building, for ATM and night-deposit transactions.

Architects Jonathan Barnes and Doug Miller, speaking on behalf of property owner David Belford, said the two-story building works best for the bank, rather than the three-story structure that city staff recommends.

"To make it three (stories) is asking (Ohio State Bank) to do things that they don't really need to do and maybe doesn't work for their building model," Miller said.

Miller said he and Barnes revised the site plan after meeting with city staff and addressing their concerns. The changes they made, he said, include eliminating a curb cut on East Main Street and screening a drive-through with a wall and landscaping so that the drive-through is not visible from East Main Street.

"The drive-through has no presence on Main Street" and has a single entrance and exit on South Parkview Avenue, he said.

Having had a preliminary review with BZAP, Sudy said the Ohio State Bank site plan will now go before the Bexley Architectural Review Board and the city's Tree and Public Gardens Commission, which will review the landscaping plan, returning it to BZAP for a final review.

Bob Behal, BZAP vice chairman, said he is interested to see further revisions to the site plan based on the recommendations of the ARB and Tree and Public Gardens Commission.

"I think this board is going to kind of want to hear what ARB has to say," Behal said.

The next ARB meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12; the Tree and Public Gardens Commission is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Both meetings will be at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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