Upper Arlington City Council has denied an appeal to halt the Arlington Gateway project after a resident contended it would create traffic concerns and cause a visual nuisance.

Council voted 6-0 on Monday, July 9, to dismiss an appeal by resident Paul Kreitler, who had sought to overturn a June 4 approval by council of a final development plan and variances to allow a group of developers to build an 11-story project at Lane Avenue and North Star Road that would have 218 "luxury" apartments, 14,350 square feet of retail and 132,444 square feet of office space.

The ruling paves the way for a lead developer, Continental Real Estate Cos., and partners Rondar Investment Partners LLP and Arcadia Development of Ohio LLC to submit final development plans to council, with a goal of starting construction in 2019 and possibly be ready for tenants by April 2021.

Kreitler, a Doone Road resident, had sought to block the project on the grounds it would create a visual nuisance to his property and would bring too much traffic on residential side streets in the area.

In siding with the developers, council members ruled Kreitler didn’t have standing to appeal BZAP’s earlier approvals because his house is more than 1,000 feet away from the development site and, therefore, not contiguous or adjacent to it.

Further, council ruled the project wouldn’t cause “unique” harm to Kreitler or his property.

Pending final development plan approvals by council, the Gateway project will be built at 1325-97 W. Lane Ave. and 2376 North Star Road, a site that currently includes a Pizza Hut, a Half Price Books, a 35-unit apartment building and some other retail.

The Gateway project is expected to be anchored by a Big Five, publicly traded financial company that includes an investment arm along with retail banking, and a portion of its retail space is expected to be occupied by Spavia, a "high-end" treatment spa, and Half Price Books.

The project also will include an 850-vehicle parking garage and approximately $4 million in off-site infrastructure, such as new sewer lines, water lines, underground utilities and road improvements," he said.

For more details regarding the Arlington Gateway project, read the July 12 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.