Parking in the Old Hilliard district remains a commodity, so one local business owner is trying to expand his off-street parking lot for his customers.

Parking in the Old Hilliard district remains a commodity, so one local business owner is trying to expand his off-street parking lot for his customers.

Dennis P. Williamson, a certified public account with an office at 3986 Main St., asked Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members Aug. 11 for permission to expand his parking lot and construct a ramp for wheelchairs.

Williamson said on-street parking had typically been available for his clients but the growing number of regular activities in Old Hilliard, particularly at Hilliard's Station Park, have reduced on-street parking opportunities.

Commission members approved Williamson's request to add to the parking lot and build a ramp to the rear of his CPA office.

In other business, commission members postponed until Sept. 8 a pair of proposals: the construction of 15 single-family residences on 2.9 acres at 5154 Norwich St. and a plan to build a 120-unit assisted-living facility on 3.8 acres at 3750 Sturbridge Court.

The Norwich Street proposal was postponed without any discussion but several residents spoke in opposition of the assisted-living facility before the applicant , Sturbridge Green Apartments LLC, asked that it be postponed.

"You have made a lot of effort here but there are 13 (staff) conditions and that is 13 ifs ... there are too many ifs," commissioner Scott Movshin said.

City planner John Talentino told commission members the applicant has worked toward addressing many of the conditions.

"If you wait a few weeks and come back, half of these (conditions) will go away," Talentino said.

Talentino said while the proposed density "is a departure" from code, assisted-living units are low-impact and generate little vehicle traffic.

Movshin questioned whether the proposal had an adequate stormwater management plan.

"The engineer will have to demonstrate that," Talentino replied.

Russ Garber, an architect with M+A Architects who also was representing the applicant, told commission members the development would have a mix of brick and vinyl siding designed for longevity and will meet all other requirements.

Still residents from the Colonial Drive neighborhood, adjacent to the proposed development, voiced concern.

Carmen Rings described the proposed development as "not neighborhood friendly" and Jeffrey Wheeler called attention to the possibility of excess light, noise and the height of the new units while questioning the effectiveness of a proposed fence to screen the development from the existing neighborhood.

"Coming back next month ... is a good thing," Garber said before requesting the postponement.

Commission members approved a required lot split associated with the development but tabled until next month the planned-unit-development plan for the 120-unit assisted living facility.

The commission also deferred until next summer reconsideration of a proposal from Sunrise Academy, a chartered Islamic school at 5657 Scioto Darby Road, to build a 2,678-square-foot addition.

Commission members deadlocked 3-3 July 14 concerning the proposed addition, and it failed.

Cornell Robertson, who was among the three that voted against it last month, asked that it be reconsidered but not until June 8, 2017.

He said said he conferred with law director Tracy Bradford on Aug. 11 before asking that the application be reconsidered later the same day.

Robertson's motion included a stipulation that the effectiveness of a traffic-management plan be reviewed when the application is reconsidered next June.

No one representing Sunrise Academy spoke at the meeting.

Robertson's motion to reconsider was approved 5-0; Mayor Don Schonhardt was absent.

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