At the CAC's final meeting of 2018, members heard pleas from residents of the Delawanda neighborhood and the Courtyard Estates trailer park, both nestled south of the Graceland Shopping Center, for help in stopping a potential development that hasn't even been formally proposed.
"There's nothing for us to talk about or approve," CAC Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said at the Dec. 6 meeting in introducing Delawanda resident Mandy Shunnarah.
"There's something coming, so we're told," the Leland Avenue resident reported.
She said Preferred Living, a northwest Columbus development firm that specializes in apartment projects -- including Taylor House on Olentangy River Road, which replaced a former Kmart -- bought the 55-and-over trailer park several years ago. Officials with the company have met in recent weeks with Delawanda residents and District 6 representative Randy Ketcham, but as Wetherholt said, the developer has not made any official applications for variances or zoning changes.
Shunnarah said the trailer-park property is to be developed into 140-plus apartments in buildings of either three or four stories.
"We don't want our neighbors in Courtyard to be displaced from their homes," Shunnarah said.
The residents don't want to be displaced either, said Mary McGrath, who lives in a double-wide trailer with her husband, Ronald, in the 67-pad park.
"We are not just 20-somethings living in apartments," Mary McGrath said. "We are a community. We have nowhere else to go. There's no place in Columbus to move."
McGrath and others said in addition to the lack of another park where they could relocate, the $5,000 to $10,000 cost of moving a trailer is beyond the means of the majority of the people living in Courtyard Estates.
"Most of us have $15 left at the end of the month," McGrath said. "We don't have savings. We have our homes."
"Quite simply, please don't let them do this," another resident, Bill Keller, implored commission members.
"Our power is limited," Wetherholt replied.
She offered to bring the matter to the attention of Columbus City Council members, and Katherine H. Cull, the city's neighborhood liaison, said she would alert Mayor Andrew Ginther's office.
"We're going to look out for you," Ketcham told the trailer-park and Delawanda contingent in the audience.
"There is no positive for us out of this development," Delawanda Residents Association representative Enrico Bonello said.
David Hodge, attorney for Preferred Living, said Dec. 7 that the company would continue to evaluate its development options for the Courtyard Estates site, and that its principal wanted to "work cooperatively" with all the residents involved.
Feel the noise
Management of an Ohio State University-area bar faces the possibility of forced closure if there are violations of an agreement with the city attorney's office, including continued blasting of music so loud it disturbs residents in the southern part of Clintonville.
Neighborhood liaison Cull made that announcement at the Dec. 6 meeting of the CAC. She said the owners of the Midway Bar have reached the agreement over not only noise issues but also alleged sales of alcohol to minors and violations of fire code.
Midway Bar is located at 1728 N. High St., across from the OSU campus.
Part of the agreement, Cull said, bans live or amplified music between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The issue of window-rattling music blaring on the weekends from Midway was raised at the area commission's Oct. 4 session.
Dana Bagwell, the District 5 representative, noted last week that Midway was not among the bars to which city officials raised objections regarding liquor licenses in the most recent round of the process.
"How many chances are they going to get?" Bagwell asked.
"It doesn't affect me; I don't hear it. But it seems to be a lot of people who have heard it, so it seems to be a real problem."
That's a wrap
Wetherholt, at the Dec. 6 meeting, also offered an update on a public-art project first given the go-ahead by the commission more than five years ago.
The proposal to wrap seven Clintonville traffic-signal boxes in vinyl artwork has taken some time to get off the ground, she said, but now it's moving ahead, and city officials even have a formal policy for such installations.
Commission members voted 9-0 to renew support for the concept.