The city of Powell is ready to begin finalizing the annexation of a plot that will become the new Powell branch of the Delaware County District Library.

According to the agenda for Powell City Council’s Tuesday, June 18, meeting, council will see the first reading of an ordinance that accepts the annexation of the nearly 12-acre site at Home and Steitz roads from Liberty Township.

On the 11.55-acre tract, developer John Wicks plans two 7,000-square-foot retail spaces and 68 townhomes and “garden apartments” aimed at young professionals and future employees of Ohio State University’s planned ambulatory-care center at Home Road and Sawmill Parkway.

The site also is set to become the new home of the new library. District leaders chose the site for its newest Powell branch this spring.

Last fall, Wicks proposed a gas station, a convenience store and a storage-unit facility on the site, a plan that drew anger from residents nearby.

His plan to put the library on the site instead earned praise from residents and city leaders.