The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Wednesday approved conditional use permits and parking variances that will allow the Open Door Art Studio and Old Skool Fight Sports and Fitness Academy to move into larger facilities on Goodale Boulevard.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Wednesday approved conditional use permits and parking variances that will allow the Open Door Art Studio and Old Skool Fight Sports and Fitness Academy to move into larger facilities on Goodale Boulevard.

Old Skool will move into the building at 1034 W. Goodale and Open Door will move into the building at 1050. The buildings are on separate lots but currently under common ownership.

As a condition of approving the conditional use permits, the commission required that arrangements between the two applicants and another adjacent property owner be made to ensure sufficient parking is available.

The Old Skool academy is owned by Rob Pilger and currently operates at 1009 McKinley Ave.

Pilger will be moving his business to 1034 W. Goodale, expanding from 2,000 square feet to about 3,025 square feet.

"His business has been growing and he's looking for more space," said Richard Krebs of Revealty, representing Pilger.

Old Skool is a membership-only business and Pilger currently trains about 50 to 60 boxers, mostly amateur, Krebs said.

"He brings modern physiology concepts and implements them in traditional boxing," he said.

Old Skool will have four parking spaces behind the building at 1034 Goodale.

Under the parking agreement, the fight academy will lease another eight parking spaces from the property at 1026 Goodale.

Open Door has also agreed to allow Old Skool to use the six spaces behind its building during evening hours, giving Pilger a total of 18 parking spaces.

The shared parking arrangement will work because while Open Door operates during the daytime, training sessions at Old Skool are held during the early morning, evenings and weekends, Krebs said.

Although there are no specific plans now, Pilger may have interest in holding special events at the new location, he said.

Krebs said he has advised Pilger that if he wants to hold a special event, he will have to come back to the city for approval.

The commission approved Pilger's application with a condition that any major programming change to the boxing training orientation be reviewed by the planning commission.

Pilger must also provide the city with a letter verifying the spaces at 1026 Goodale have been leased and that his business and Open Door submit a letter permitting the joint use of parking spaces on each site.

Open Door, a program of Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc., is an adult day rehabilitation center that operates as an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities. Its studio is now located at 1365 W. First Ave.

The center will purchase the building at 1050 Goodale Blvd., director Dona England-Afek said. Another program of the Columbus Center for Human Services will move its operations into the West First Avenue site.

At its new location, Open Door will operate one five-hour session each day with participants who will be bused to the site, art director Courtney Yoakum said. Students will not transport themselves to the site.

The studio will increase its staff to six employees, she said.

"We help each person reach their full artistic ability," Yoakum said. "We make it very individualized."

Participants are able to sell their work by consignment through Open Door, she said.

The commission approved Open Door's application with the condition that the proposed use remain a habilitation program studio where students are transported to the site.

Another condition is that the proposed show/display room be limited to the size proposed by Open Door unless it can be later demonstrated that area parking can handle the daily traffic.

Open Door is also required to submit a letter to the city committing to its participation in the shared parking arrangement with the adjacent properties.