A developer has scrapped plans to build apartments on the vacant Winking Lizard Tavern property on Bethel Road.

An attorney representing Preferred Living sent a letter Nov. 27, notifying the city of Columbus of its decision to withdrawal from the project.

The plan was to build two three-story buildings, one with 32 two-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units and the other with 11 two-bedrooms and 12 one-bedroom units on the site, 1380 Bethel Road.

Anthony Celebrezze, spokesman for the Department of Building and Zoning Services, said the department’s staff had recommended disapproval of the plan.

Concerns were raised regarding sewer capacity, the numerous required zoning variances and density and lack of greenspace issues on the site as it relates to the current area plan, Celebrezze said.

David Hodge, the attorney representing Preferred Living, said the proposed apartment complex was met with some resistance from the neighborhood.

“Preferred Living heard some objections from some immediate neighbors regarding their proposed redevelopment,” Hodge said. “And they listened and decided to withdraw the application because they always want to work collaboratively with the Northwest Civic Association and the immediate neighbors.”

Winking Lizard, which still owns the property, closed in April after nearly 15 years on Bethel Road.

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