Gahanna’s planning commission has rejected a proposal that would have brought a hotel to 4574 N. Hamilton Road.

Commission members on Feb. 27 voted 4-3 against a zoning request by applicant David Glimcher, a partner with Blue Horseshoe Development LLC, for 1.78 acres of property at 4574 N. Hamilton Road to be zoned CX-1, neighborhood commercial, mixed use district, from community commercial modified district.

Commission members who voted against the rezoning were Bobbie Burba, Rick Duff, Thomas Shapaka and Thomas Wester. Those who voted in favor were John Hicks, Michael Suriano and Donald Shepherd.

Wester said he couldn’t support the rezoning for a couple of reasons, including how it would impact local residents, many of whom attended the meeting to oppose the hotel.

He said the other reason was a lack of compatibility with the area.

“This is 10 pounds in a 5-pound bag,” Wester said. “You have to look at compatibility. How is it compatible with the traffic situation in that area?”

He said capacity of the infrastructure isn’t just what is buried, but also the roadway.

Wester said he thinks there are better sites for transient-traffic hotels.

Glimcher said the boutique hotel could have had up to 120 rooms and would have been a limited-service hotel like Moxy or Cambria.

For more on this story, read the March 7 edition of the ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.