An amended rezoning proposal to allow Jerry Spears Funeral Home to move into a former church building on Hyde Park Drive is expected to be considered by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

The application was tabled Jan. 10 after residents from the Hyde Park and Westbriar subdivisions expressed concerns about the funeral home using the 4,320-square-foot building at 5505 Hyde Park Drive in Hilliard, at the corner of Frazell Road. It would be the second Jerry Spears Funeral Home in central Ohio.

The first Spears funeral home has operated for 90 years on Columbus' Hilltop at 2693 W. Broad St.

Bob Spears Jr., one of three family members who own the businesses, said several changes have been made to the plan that was presented to commission members Jan. 10.

"We have added more landscaping and fencing on west side of the site (adjacent to the Westbriar subdivision)," Spears said.

A new entrance to the property would be constructed from Frazell Road, he said, but emergency access to the property from Hyde Park Drive would remain.

The address of the funeral home also would be changed from a street number on Hyde Park Drive to a number on Frazell Road, Spears said.

Several residents at January's meeting said if the original address of Hyde Park Drive remained, GPS systems would route people onto Hyde Park Drive, a residential street.

The changes were made in response to conversations with Hilliard officials and neighborhood representatives since the Jan. 10 commission meeting, Spears said.

On Jan. 10, Mayor Don Schonhardt, also a commission member, said it would be "beneficial to all" for the case to be tabled until Feb. 14 to allow Spears to meet with neighbors.

Spears told commission members the owners wanted a second site "not on the main drag."

Concerning its location in a residential area, Spears pointed to John Quint Treboni Funeral Home on West Fifth Avenue near Grandview Heights and Tidd Funeral Home on Norwich Street in Hilliard as examples of other funeral homes near residences.

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