A pair of developers appear to be moving forward with plans to open a Swensons Drive-In on Cemetery Road, immediately west of the entrance to J.W. Reason Elementary School, 4790 Cemetery Road.
The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 9, is expected to consider an application to rezone 1.8 acres to allow for the construction of a 1,711-square foot drive-in restaurant. The commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
The applicant is 4810-4832 Cemetery Center LLC, and the developers are Timothy Reardon and Jamie Moore. The partners formed the limited-liability company specifically for the project.
The restaurant would be built at 4810 Cemetery Road, according to the application.
A few months ago, Moore, who works at Dublin-based Crawford Hoying, and Reardon, a managing partner of New Start Development, told ThisWeek they had appealed to Swensons for a restaurant.
“There is no commitment (but the developer) has presented us with his proposal,” Ron Dee, vice president of real estate for Swensons, said in June.
In 2017, Moore and Reardon had presented a proposal to city and Hilliard City Schools leaders to develop two lots adjacent to J.W. Reason.
“From a traffic standpoint, staff has expressed concern about the location of a high-trip generating use at this location,” Deputy City Engineer Letty Schamp said in June.
“We have encouraged the developer to seek out another location (but) if they decide to move forward, they would need to submit a traffic study.”
“We are continuing to work (with the developer and) would negotiate ... to cover costs for improvements to the J.W. Reason parking lot which could include putting in a gate, relocating a sidewalk, and changes in the storm sewer,” Hilliard City Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike McDonough said in June.
The sock-hop-style drive-in restaurant would have no indoor or outdoor seating, Reardon said.
Orders would be delivered to vehicles to be consumed there or taken to go.
Read more about this story in the Aug. 9 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News or check ThisWeekNEWS.com/Hilliard for updates.