While Clintonville residents might be eager to know when the second Katalina's restaurant is going to open, those who attend the next Clintonville Area Commission meeting could at least find out if it will have its trademark sign.
"I don't think it's that big a deal," Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said of the graphics variance requested by Katalina's, which is seeking to branch out from its popular Harrison West spot.
The second iteration of Katalina's is taking shape in a former pen shop and record store at 3479 N. High St.
Kathleen Day, owner of Katalina's, said she'd like to let residents know when the restaurant will open, but she's not quite sure, either.
"Opening should be late spring or early summer, if everything goes as planned," Day said.
The CAC meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.
The Katalina's variance involves a roof-mounted sign with lettering that duplicates that of the existing location, in a 100-year-old former gas station off West Third Avenue.
Wetherholt said in speaking with representatives of the popular brunch spot, she advised them neighborhood residents probably won't need a sign to find the place once it is open.
"People are going to smell it," Wetherholt predicted.
Also on tap for the meeting will be a vote on adding a new committee to the commission's bylaws, this one geared to earning GreenSpot status for the neighborhood. Clintonville would become the fourth GreenSpot neighborhood under a program former Mayor Michael B. Coleman launched in 2008.
GreenSpot's goal is to urge households, businesses and neighborhoods to commit to environmental goals.
"I think in order for us to do any kind of coordination or overseeing of it, that's where it has to be," Wetherholt said of full, bylaw-mandated committee status for GreenSpot efforts.
"I tried to write in enough freedom for the community to basically work on its own," she said.
"I really didn't have anything to base it on from any other commission."
The German Village Society organized GreenSpot activities for that neighborhood, while the Discovery District and Sawmill Place efforts were initiated by residents.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission representatives also are scheduled to be on hand March 7 to offer several updates.
These will include the new director of residential services, Robert Williams, who has been making the rounds of area commissions introducing himself and explaining more about the weatherization and other programs offered through MORPC, said public information officer and diversity manager Bernice Cage.
Williams was hired in January, according to a MORPC announcement, to be the leading expert on home repair, energy efficiency and weatherization.
"Robert has deep experience in leading innovative programs to improve neighborhoods and housing, an enthusiasm for community service, and familiarity with how to develop and empower a high-performing team." MORPC Executive Director William Murdock said.
Cage said she also will address commission members and those in the audience regarding MORPC's air-quality program.
March 1 marked the beginning of the ozone season, when air pollution can reach unhealthful levels, she said.
Finally, Cage said she will offer an update on the 2020-50 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
"The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a long-range planning document that identifies transportation deficiencies, policies, strategies, and projects over the next two decades," according to MORPC's website. "It is updated on a four-year cycle."
"I wanted to remind the area commissions that the plan is out there and we will be seeking comments on it," Cage said.