A rezoning request for a 240-unit apartment complex at Taylor Road and East Main Street didn’t proceed to a vote by the full Reynoldsburg City Council on July 9 after council’s public-service and transportation committee nixed Metro Development’s latest design.
The committee instead sent the developer back to the city planning commission -- with a suggestion that the number of units be reduced to 192.
Council committees meet on the same night as regular council sessions, so opponents of the project were hoping for a final decision by the full council Monday night.
Taylor Road resident Aaron Young and several other speakers urged rejection of the plan because, they said, the complex is too dense for the parcel.
Young said it would put a “towering wall” in the neighborhood. He said residents had waited long enough for a decision, since late last year.
“We need to get our big boy pants on and have a vote on this,” he said.
Councilman Brett Luzader tried to push that vote, making a motion to send the rezoning ordinance on for a “third reading and rejection” by the full City Council later July 9.
Councilman Caleb Skinner seconded the motion and voted with Luzader, but members Kristin Bryant and Stacie Baker opposed it. Council President Doug Joseph broke the tie with his no vote.
Bryant then proposed the developer go back to the planning commission with a 192-unit plan.
Luzader voted against it, but Baker and Skinner agreed with Bryant. Councilmen Marshall Spalding, Barth Cotner and Mel Clemens did not vote because they are not members of the public service and transportation committee.
Baker said however, that the proposal was going back to the planning commission for the last time.
“I don’t want to hear later that we have not been fair. This is it - this is the last time,” he said.
Read more about this story in the July 19 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.