The final Northland Community Council development committee meeting of the year, set for Wednesday, Dec. 5, could have as many as six cases on the agenda, Chairman Dave Paul said.
Two of them leap out.
One is a proposed redevelopment for the almost 10-acre site of the former Giant Eagle at 1000 E. Dublin-Granville Road.
Executives with the Pittsburgh-based grocery chain shut down the store in March 2017.
The other is for a 34-building, 554-unit apartment complex on a little more than 28 acres at 6282 N. Hamilton Road. Casto Communities is proposing that project, which would have a density of 19.69 units an acre and be built in two phases, according to documents on file with the city.
The proposed reuse of the Giant Eagle site left Paul underwhelmed.
It's for a self-storage business, although Paul said in speaking with the representative for the proposed new owner of the site, he was informed some retail development might take place along the front of the property.
"I'm not particularly fond of this application," Paul said. "We aspire for more to happen there, and self-storage seems like surrender."
"I remain neutral at this point," said the advisory panel's vice chairman, William Logan. "I'll wait to hear the facts as presented by the applicant."
Dave Perry of Dave Perry Co. will represent RCG Ventures of Atlanta, the applicant, at the development committee hearing.
Aaron Underhill of Underhill and Hodge will appear on behalf of Casto for the apartment complex, which would require not only a rezoning but some "technical variances," according to the application.
"Approval of this application will ensure that this largely undeveloped property can be developed consistent with quality standards," Underhill wrote in the document.
Both cases will be presented at the combined November-December meeting of the committee, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, 1721 Northland Park Ave.
"That whole area out there continues to develop residentially," Logan said of the North Hamilton Road corridor on the eastern fringes of the NCC's jurisdiction.
He predicted that the members of the panel would take the same approach to the Casto Communities proposal as they have with other high-density developments.
"Those are always contentious because the development committee has continued to reflect the desire to maintain the Northland Plan I and II," Logan said. "It's up to us to see that the applicant demonstrates justification."
The self-storage proposal from the Atlanta company would reuse the closed grocery building while offering commercial outlots along East Dublin-Granville Road.
"Obviously, somebody who owns the property has a right to develop it, but it isn't the kind of development we're actually hoping to see," Paul said. "It doesn't fit into my vision of that district. The flip side is it would change what's currently a closed property to something that's paying taxes."