Fine Line Auto Body wants to expand its presence in central Ohio with a new store at the southeast corner of Bethel and Sawmill roads.
The auto body and collision-repair business has proposed taking over a former BP gasoline station at 2827 Bethel Road, with construction on the eighth store beginning in 2019, said a Fine Line spokesman who would not disclose his name.
Before anything could be built, Columbus City Council must vote on a rezoning request for the property, said Anthony Celebrezze, spokesman for the Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services.
The BP station has been demolished and the gas tanks removed, according to city documents.
The Northwest Civic Association fully supports Fine Line's project, said Marilyn Goodman, chairwoman of the NWCA's zoning committee.
"We think we might have preferred something else on that corner, but it's an established business and there are several other locations so we welcome them to the northwest area," Goodman said.
The Columbus Development Commission, following the recommendation of city staff, approved rezoning the property to a C-4 designation, which allows a wide range of commercial uses. The land was formerly restricted to a gas station with a convenience store and adhering to a stricter site plan.
There are several stipulations to the plan, such as cars awaiting repair be screened by a 100-percent opaque screen so they will not be visible from the street and a prohibition on allowing damaged cars to be parked along Bethel or Sawmill for more than 24 hours, that should be examined, city documents showed.
Also, there would be no access to the site from Sawmill Road, according to the city documents. In addition, the Columbus officials have asked the applicant to adhere to the graphics standards in the regional commercial overlay and that Fine Line follow the Northwest Plan for building materials, transparency, landscaping and sidewalks connectivity, Celebrezze said.