A four-story, 69,000-square-foot office building and a neighboring 5,200-square-foot brewery and taproom are coming to Gahanna.
The Gahanna Planning Commission on April 25 approved a final development plan, design review and related legislation, clearing the path for the $6 million development on 4.3 acres at 485 Science Blvd., a city-owned site in Central Park.
All but the design review were approved unanimously, with Michael Suriano the lone dissenter.
Suriano said he's generally excited about the project, but the office building's facade lacks detail treatment and scale.
"There isn't a lot distinguishing from top to bottom," he said.
Other commission members are Bobbie Burba, John Hicks, Joe Keehner, Jennifer Price, Donald Shepherd and Thomas Wester.
The developer, Franklin Peak LLC, is a venture of Wil Schulze, founder and president of two Gahanna-based companies -- IJUS LLC and SpidaWeb Software.
The new office space will allow both IJUS and SpidaWeb to merge their offices into one building on the second and third floors. IJUS is at 690 Taylor Road; SpidaWeb is at 560 Officenter Place.
"Relocating my two companies into a culture-driven office space has been a dream for many years," Schulze said in a press release. "The creation of this destination office space will reflect our innovation, while keeping up with our changing work force."
Gahanna Deputy Development Director Michael Blackford said the project received a 100 percent property-tax abatement for 15 years and is expected to retain 131 jobs and create 27 new ones over five years at the office building.
Hicks said a brewery is a generic term with craft and home brewing, and he questioned the proposed brewery operation.
"There will be no kitchen," said Advanced Civil Design owner Tom Warner, who represented the developer. "It will have stainless-steel containers for beer on site."
He said a food truck could be invited to the site, and beer would be sold there.
Warner said Schulze is the fifth-largest employer in Gahanna.
"He wanted to create a place for his employees and himself," Warner said. "After driving around town, the view made the choice happen."
The new four-story complex designed by Ford & Associates Architects Inc. boasts a skyline view of John Glenn International Airport and downtown Columbus. The building will feature rooftop shared meeting and event space, as well as three floors of office space.
"He wanted a place his employees would be proud of and something unique to the city and his folks and visitors," Warner said.
He said the building's fourth story will have a large deck to take advantage of the view.
Burba said it's a "fabulous" project for the city.
Construction is expected to begin in June, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2019.
In other action, the commission approved a request to develop about five acres with 32,000 square feet of retail, a possible restaurant and office uses, at 1041 N. Hamilton Road for the Shops at Oberer's Crossing.
The property is zoned planned commercial center district.
Neighbors from Academy Ridge expressed concerns about the development, including traffic, access, stormwater and design.
Blackford said the staff's opinion the building design is superior to the proposed center's anticipated look, as detailed in a 1990 ordinance, when the property was rezoned to PCC.
The commission also postponed to Wednesday, May 9, legislation that would allow an existing car wash to be demolished to make way for a new car wash with pavement and sidewalk at 259 Granville St.