The developers of a Swensons Drive-In at 4810 Cemetery Road said they plan for the drive-in eatery to be open by late summer.
"We are going to file our building permit by the end of the month," developer Tim Reardon said March 4.
Reardon, a managing partner of New Start Development, and Jamie Moore of Dublin-based Crawford Hoying founded a limited-liability company to construct the Swensons on the north side of Cemetery Road, immediately west of the J.W. Reason Elementary School driveway at 4790 Cemetery Road.
Reardon said he met March 1 with Hilliard City Schools Deputy Superintendent Mike McDonough and other district officials to reach an agreement concerning the placement of sidewalks and crosswalks that provide access to J.W. Reason.
Several changes would be made to sidewalks, but none would be made to the crosswalk on Cemetery Road west of the school driveway, Reardon said.
Swensons' final development plan does not require Hilliard City Council's approval, according to city planner John Talentino.
City Council on Jan. 28 voted 5-2 to approve the planned-unit-development rezoning required for the construction of the 1,711-square-foot Swensons building and parking lot on 1.8 acres.
Reardon said the developers are waiting for the required 60 days for the rezoning to become effective before applying for a building permit and other permits.
The 60-day period began Jan. 28.
In 2016, Hilliard voters approved Issue 9, a city-charter amendment that required a 60-day waiting period for all rezoning decisions to allow time for any opponents to seek a referendum.
"I am not aware of any such attempt," Reardon said.
Swensons, whose signature burger is the Galley Boy, will have no indoor or outdoor seating. Orders are delivered to vehicles to be consumed there or taken to go.
The first central Ohio Swensons, which was founded in 1934 in northeast Ohio, opened on Sawmill Road near Dublin in November.
A second location opened Feb. 4 near Polaris Fashion Place in northeast Columbus.