New Albany is hoping to construct a road in business park east to access new businesses.

New Albany is hoping to construct a road in business park east to access new businesses.

On March 21, the planning commission approved the preliminary plat and final plat of the extension of Smith's Mill Road, which shows the proposed layout of the road.

"The road is being extended from its current intersection at Beech Road to the east and will loop around back to the north and reconnect with Beech to the north of Innovation Campus Court," said Kathryn Meyer, deputy community development director.

Three businesses are moving into that portion of the park: Accel Inc., Vee Pak Ohio and Knowlton Development Corp.

Accel is a company with offices in Lewis Center and a distribution center in Whitehall that is looking to consolidate its operations in a new 500,000-square-foot facility on 23 acres in the business park east. According to the company's website, Accel "develops innovative packaging solutions" and works with clients on "merchandising, package engineering, contract manufacturing, inventory control, logistics and marketing and/or promotions." Vee Pak, which has its headquarters in Illinois, produces packages and labels for personal-care products. Vee Pak plans to build a $12-million, 105,000-square-foot production facility. The Knowlton Development Corp. has several companies that manufacture personal-care and beauty products and is building a 250,000-square-foot building.

"This roadway will serve the new businesses currently under construction in this part of the business park," Meyer said.

The village will receive income taxes from all three projects. Two school districts in Licking County will share income-tax revenues: Johnstown-Monroe and Licking Heights. The village splits 70 percent of the income tax-revenue equally with the districts under its revenue-sharing agreement.

Vee Pak is in the Licking Heights portion of the park, Knowlton Development Corp. is in the Johnstown-Monroe portion and Accel straddles property in both districts.

In other business, the planning commission approved the preliminary and final development plans for the New Albany Presbyterian Church to build a 16,000-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Harlem Road and U.S. Route 62.

Church members have been meeting in a local elementary school and hope to begin construction of their new building this year or early in 2012.

The church also has requested a zoning change. The 11.7 acres owned by the church are zoned for single-family homes and a comprehensive planned-unit development. The church has requested it be changed to an infill-planning unit development.

Village planner Michelle Murphy said the church could be built within the existing zonings on the property.

Though the zoning change is not needed, it would provide a better description of the project in the new zoning text, she said.

The planning commission recommended that village council approve the zoning change.