Powell residents can expect to see more downtown-area offices, restaurants and shops spring up soon after Powell City Council approved the second of two neighboring retail complexes last week.

Powell residents can expect to see more downtown-area offices, restaurants and shops spring up soon after Powell City Council approved the second of two neighboring retail complexes last week.

Council on Aug. 16 voted 6-0 to OK the final development plan for a 4,000-square-foot restaurant building and a 4,800-square-foot multitenant building. The structures, owned by Traditions at Powell LLC, are planned for 1 acre northwest of the intersection of West Olentangy Street and Traditions Way.

Council earlier this summer approved plans for a 21,000-square-foot commercial complex known as Armita Plaza set to be developed northeast of the intersection. Dr. Ali Khaksarfard, who brought the Armita project to the city, plans to open a dental office within the complex.

No other tenants have been announced for either the Armita or Traditions at Powell projects, but each is expected to attract at least one restaurant.

Rocky Kambo, planner with the city's development department, said the Traditions at Powell project serves as a transition between the city's downtown area and big-box commercial developments on Sawmill Parkway.

"We're extending our downtown core (and) we're getting two great-looking buildings," he said about the project.

Council members were uniformly positive about the proposed development.

"I think this is absolutely the most appropriate use of this parcel," Councilman Tom Counts said.

Powell Mayor Brian Lorenz said he considered the project an example of "great infill development."

Council approved the project without an agreement in place between the developer and the owner of the adjacent Village Pointe shopping center. Multiple city officials have expressed interest in the creation of a connection between the Traditions at Powell and Village Pointe parking lots to allow visitors to the new developments to exit onto Olentangy Street using an existing traffic signal.

Kambo said the city will continue to facilitate discussions between the two property owners with the goal of making the connection a reality. He said representatives of Village Pointe's owner have expressed concerns the connection could negatively affect the existing center's businesses or lead to maintenance and liability issues.

City officials have said shared parking and access among the three sites will benefit all of the businesses in the area, Kambo said.

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