Westerville’s planning commission gave favorable feedback to a proposed site plan that would put a mix of office and residential space in buildings on 19.5 acres at 170-200 E. Broadway and 233 Old County Line Road during its March 27 work session.

If approved, two buildings would front the proposed extension of McCorkle Boulevard. The buildings would have 80,000 square feet of new office and residential space, 80,000 square feet of new office and warehouse space and 63,500 square feet of repurposed office and manufacturing space, according to the agenda.

City staff asked the commission to consider items in regards to the conceptual plan including: a request that a flex-office building proposed along East Broad Street should be pulled up closer to the street with parking in the rear; buildings should have additional frontage where they coincide with a biking and walking trail, removing the drive between the existing building and the bike path; fitness trails that cross public roadways should be located at intersections instead of a crossing mid-block; and there should be on-street parking for the streets inside of the development.

Architect Scott Harper with Harper Architectural Studio is the applicant for the plan.

Currently, there are two existing buildings that are located on the lot, which the applicant would remove as part of the plan.

Commission member Steven Munger said, “This is the first time I think we’ve seen a concept like this that extends Mccorkle but increases the density,” he said.

“This is the first plan for this area that we’ve seen that delivers some creativity,” said Paul Johnson, commission chairman. “I think this is a good idea. I hope you can make something like this happen,” he said.

Read more on this story in the April 4 edition of the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

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